Richard Paley's Bishop Blaize and Lamb Leeds Halfpenny 1791

Richard Paley’s Leeds (Yorkshire) copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1791. Obverse: Standing figure of Bishop Blaize (patron saint of woolcombers) holding a wool comb in his right hand and a book in his left, with a lamb at his feet: “ARTIS NOSTRÆ CONDITOR.”. Reverse: Coat of arms of three stars and a hanging fleece, crested by an owl: “LEEDS HALFPENNY 1791”. Edge inscription: “PAYABLE AT THE WAREHOUSE OF RICHARD PALEY .XX.”. Richard Paley was a freeholder, maltster, soap-boiler and chandler with a business in a locality known as the “Calls” in Leeds. Good collectable condition with usual die flaw, see photograph.

D&H Yorkshire No: 45. Diameter 29.6mm. VF+. £20.00

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