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James Bisset, copper halfpenny, Obv A view of an interior of a temple, NEW STREET below. Around the perimeter BISSETs MUSEUM & FANCY PICTURE MANUFACTORY Rev Ornaments of spar, &c., BIRMINGHAM below. Around the perimeter ALABASTER SPAR & PETRIFACTION WAREHOUSE Edge Plain (Conder p.164, 31; Atkins p. 213, 79; D&H Warwickshire 119)
Struck on a thick planchet - as made. Exceptionally rare; perhaps four known.
James Bisset, (1761-1832) writer, miniaturist, publisher, and manufacturer of collectables; owner and operator of Bissets Museum & Fancy Picture Manufactory
Noted in Spink and at the last DNW sale as Ex F.S. Cokayne Collection However, no original tickets were with this piece when it was sold at Spink in 2008, but if accurate, provenance would be: T. Thompson Collection; M. Young Collection, Sotheby Auctions, 1839-41, sale and lot number not now discernable; Sir G. Chetwynd Collection, Christie’s Auction, 30 July-2 August 1872, lot 30 (part); J.S. Dodsworth Collection; S.H. Hamer Collection, Glendining Auction, 26-8 November 1930, lot 405 (part), Spink Auction 192, 24 January 2008, lot 142 (bt. Bobbe), DNW 5 October, 2011, lot 405 (bt. Bennett)