|Spence’s Political London (Middlesex) copper Conder
halfpenny token dated 1795. Obverse: Front view of a rather unhappy ass
loaded with two panniers labelled
with the legend:
WAS AN ASS TO BEAR THE FIRST PAIR”. Reverse: Lion with crowing cockerel
and legend: “LET TYRANTS TREMBLE AT THE CROW OF LIBERTY 1795”. Edge
x DEALER x IN x COINS x LONDON x”.
Thomas Spence was a reformer who started a cheap periodical named “Pigs
Meat” or “Lessons for the Swinish Multitude”. His handbills were titled
“Loose Meat for the Pigs”. He rarely missed an opportunity to lampoon
the politics of the day and spent some time in prison for his efforts.
Ex-David Pottinger Collection. Nice collectable condition, see
D&H Middlesex No: 720. Diameter 30mm. VF+. £155.00
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