Picard’s Hull Lead Works Halfpenny 1812

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 with legend: “ESSE QUAM VIDERI”. Diagonally milled edge (//////). 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. Lovely collectable condition with uneven reverse colour, see photograph.

Withers No: 785, Davis: Yorkshire No: 95. Diameter 28.0mm. (↑↑) EF-. £15.00

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