Scarce Riley & Machin's Burslem Penny 1813

Scarce Riley & Machin’s Burslem (Staffordshire) copper penny token dated 1813 and overstruck on a Staffordshire Potteries penny (W.1805). Obverse: Legend on five lines in centre and round periphery: “ONE POUND NOTE FOR 240 TOKENS 1813 PAYABLE BY I & R RILEY AND MACHIN & Co BURSLEM”. Reverse: Legend on three lines in centre and round periphery: “ONE PENNY TOKEN FOR PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION”. Centre-grained edge (\\\\\). Listed in Paul & Bente Withers' "British Copper Tokens 1811-1820" as "SCARCE". This token was a collaboration between two different companies. John and Richard Riley were china and earthenware manufacturers with a factory in Hill Street, Burslem. Machin & Baggaley are listed in 1809 as manufacturers of earthenware and china at Holehouse Works, Burslem. Good collectable condition with faint evidence of the underlying coin, see photograph.

Withers No: 638, Davis Staffordshire No: 74. Diameter 36.4mm. (↑↓) VF-. £35.00

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