John Ching's Patent Worm Lozenges London Halfpenny


John Ching’s London (Middlesex) copper halfpenny token undated. Obverse: Bust to left with legend: “I. CHING PATENTEE FOR WORM LOZENGES THE BEST MEDICINE IN THE WORLD * SOLD IN BOXES AT 3/6. PACKETS 1S. AND IN SMALL PACKETS AT 6D. EACH”. Reverse: The Royal Coat of Arms and a continuation of the obverse legend: “BY EVERY PRINCIPAL MEDICINE VENDER IN THE KINGDOM*”. Diagonally milled edge. John Ching has a business at No, 4, Cheapside, London. He took out a patent for his lozenges in November 1800. They were of two colours, yellow to be taken at night and brown to be taken in the morning. Ching was considered to be a “quack” doctor. There is an account in an 1805 book titled “An Essay on Quackery”, which describes the death, from mercury poisoning, of a three year old child who died in agony after taking some of his lozenges. Nice collectable condition for type, see photograph.

D&H Middlesex No: 282. Diameter 28.2mm. EF. £65.00

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