Scarce James Powell's Monmouth Wine & Brandy Merchant Halfpenny 1795


Scarce James Powell's Monmouth (Monmouthshire) copper halfpenny token dated 1795 Obverse: A brandy or wine tun (barrel) on its side with legend: "JAMES POWELL IMPORTER 1795". Reverse: Legend on four lines with a bunch of grapes at the top and bottom: "J. POWELL WINE & BRANDY MERCHANT. MONMOUTH.". Edge inscription: "PAYABLE AT MONMOUTH AND ABERGAVENNY .X.". Listed in Bell's "Commercial Coins 1787-1804" as "SCARCE". James Powell was a freeholder with a business as a wine and brandy merchant in Monmouth. Roger Powell, a relation, was the landlord of the "Green Dragon Inn" in Abergavenny where this token was probably also redeemable. Only approximately 5,000 were issued. Nice collectable condition, flat as usual for type in centre of reverse, see photograph.

D&H Monmouthshire No: 3. Diameter 29.1mm. EF-. £45.00

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