Spence's Political Ass Rents Taxes & Lion Dismayed London Halfpenny 1795


Spence’s Political London (Middlesex) copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1795. Obverse: Front view of a rather unhappy ass loaded with two panniers labelled TAX'S and RENTS with the legend: I 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 inscription: SPENCE 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 photograph.

D&H Middlesex No: 720. Diameter 30mm. VF+. £155.00

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