Scarce Anti-Slavery Chained African White Metal Penny


Scarce Political and Social Series (Middlesex) white metal Anti-Slavery Conder penny token undated. Obverse: A chained African kneeling with hands clasped and raised in supplication and legend: “AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER?”. Reverse: Legend on six lines: "WHATSOEVER YE WOULD THAT MEN SHOULD DO TO YOU, DO YE EVEN SO TO THEM.". Plain edge. Listed in Bell's "Political and Commemorative Pieces Simulating Tradesmen's Tokens 1770-1802" as "SCARCE" but their popularity amongst collectors of this theme have made them even more so. They are thought to have been issued by the Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade set up by William Wilberforce in London in 1787, aimed at suppressing the slave trade to the West Indies. Reasonable collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Middlesex No: 235 Bis I. Diameter 32.9mm. VG+. £125.00

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