Scarce Thomas Denton's Sir George Cook Mayor of Garrat Lambeth Halfpenny


Scarce Denton's Sir George Cook Lambeth (Surrey) copper Conder halfpenny token undated. Obverse: Man smoking a church-warden's pipe, holding a jug of ale and a barrel of beer under the other arm with legend: "SR. GEORGE COOK MAYOR OF GARRAT ELECD. AUGT 24 96". Reverse: Frenchman gnawing on bone with a plate of frogs' legs before him, and a guillotine in the background, with legend: "FRENCH LIBERTY". Plain edge. Listed in "Dalton & Hamer" as "SCARCE". Jeffery Dunstan, a travelling dealer in old wigs, was elected Mayor of Garrat, a small village in Surrey, in 1781 when they had a tradition of mock elections. He was superseded by “Sir” George Cook, a muffin seller and the subject of this token. Thomas Denton was a coin dealer and specialised in making tokens for collectors. Nice collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Surrey No: 13. Diameter 29.3mm. VF+. £350.00

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