John Gregory Hancock, Sir Original Halfpenny Token, c1800. Obv A bust in profile to right. Around the perimeter SIR ORIGINAL I G H Rev An inscription on seven lines THIS IS MY WORK IOHN GREGORY HANCOCK AGED 7 YEARS 1800 In Ex: INDUSTRY PRODUCETH WEALTH Edge Plain (D&H Warwickshire 140)
John Gregory Hancock Jnr., (b. 24 June 1791). In 1800, aged nine, he is credited with engraving the dies for a number of private tokens for George Barker and Thomas Welch. Pye has a note regarding one of George Barker's tokens that "This and four tokens immediately preceding are so well executed that many persons have doubted their being J. G. H., junior's work. This has induced his father to make an affidavit, that they were entirely engraved by his son; and the gentlemen for whom they were made, declare they are perfectly convinced of the truth of this affidavit."
This is certainly one of the more iconic varieties of the 18th c token series - and this rare specimen - one of the finest known.