Scarce Picard’s Hull Lead Works Halfpenny 1812

Scarce Picard’s Hull (Yorkshire) halfpenny token dated 1812. Obverse: Legend on four lines in centre and also around periphery: “HULL HALF PENNY 1812”, “PAYABLE BY I. K. PICARD. LEAD WORKS HULL.”. Reverse: Seated lion with paw on shield: “ESSE QUAM VIDERI”. Diagonally milled edge (/////). Listed in Paul & Bente Withers' “British Copper Tokens 1811-1820” as “SCARCE”.  Picard, the issuer and owner of the lead works, spent some of his time in London and took to gambling his fortune away, eventually becoming bankrupt in 1827 and dying in reduced circumstances in 1843. Good collectable condition, see photograph.

Withers No: 775, Davis: Yorkshire No: 97. Diameter 27mm. (↑↑) VF. £15.00

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