Very Rare GR Keighley Countermarked Penny 1812

Very rare Keighley (Yorkshire) penny token countermarked on a Union Copper Company Birmingham penny dated 1812. Obverse: "GR" and straight "KEIGHLEY" countermarks. Reverse: Straight and curved "KEIGHLEY" countermarks. Listed in Paul & Bente Withers' "British Copper Tokens 1811-1820" as "RR - VERY RARE". Countermarking existing tokens was cheaper than issuing new ones and was prevalent in Yorkshire. Paul & Bente Withers put forward an excellent case that this was issued by George Ramsden, who was a worsted spinner and manufacturer of Spring Gardens, Keighley. Clear countermarks on reasonable token with some surface deposits, see photograph.

Withers No: 807, Scott 40.3B, Batty 649. Diameter 35mm. (↑↑) C/Mark VG+ Token VG+. £35.00

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