Very Rare Thomas Spence's John Thelwall Minerva London Halfpenny


Very rare Thomas Spence’s London (Middlesex) copper Conder halfpenny token undated. Obverse: Bust of John Thelwall to right with legend: “JOHN THELWALL”. Reverse: Standing figure of Minerva holding cap of liberty on pole and Justice on her shield with legend: “TRUTH FOR MY HELM & JUSTICE FOR MY SHIELD”. Plain edge. Listed in Dalton & Hamer as: “RR - VERY RARE”. Thomas Spence was a reformer who rarely missed an opportunity to attack the politics of the day and spent some time in prison for his efforts however this was produced by Skidmore after having purchased Spence's dies. John Thelwall was a vociferous supporter of reform and was subsequently persecuted by the Government on many occasions. Ex-R. Brown Jnr. Collection. Lovely collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Middlesex No: 866a. Diameter 30mm. EF. £175.00

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