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