Benjamin Nightingale Numismatist London Halfpenny 1843

 

Benjamin Nightingale’s London (Middlesex) bronzed finish halfpenny token dated 1843. Obverse: Woman holding a cornucopia from which coins are falling, seated in front of an open coin cabinet with books behind and legend: “VILIUS EST ARGENTUM AURO, VIRTUTIBUS AURUM” which translates as: “Silver is of less value than gold, gold than virtue”. Reverse: “BN” monogram in script in centre with legend: “BENJAMIN NIGHTINGALE LONDON * PRIVATE TOKEN * 1843”. Plain edge. Listed in Bell's “Tradesmen's Tickets and Private Tokens 1785-1819” as “R-RARE” with supposedly only seventy-two of these bronze pieces struck. Benjamin Nightingale was a wine and spirit merchant with a keen interest in coins and was a member of the Numismatic Society of London. Comes with old collectors ticket. Lovely collectable condition with reflective surfaces, nicer than photograph.

Withers TB3 No: 3054, Bell Middlesex No: A3. Diameter 30.4mm. EF. (↑↑) £100.00

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