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Peter Kempson, Birmingham Halfpenny Mule, 1794 Obv A shield bearing four hedgehogs, crest a hedgehog. Around the perimeter INDUSTRY HAS ITS SURE REWARD. Rev A ship under sail to right, 1794 below. PRO BONO PUBLICO above. The mainmast to the center of O in BONO Edge CURRENT EVERY WHERE (Atkins p. 207, 38; D&H Warwickshire 59)
Peter Kempson, (1755-1824), buttonmaker, later token manufacturer, St. Mary's Row, Birmingham, later Little Charles Street. Kempson was actively involved in the production of tokens from 1791 until 1799, turning out more than 60 tons of "legitimate provincial coins" for various commissions. Kempson also freely muled dies in his posession, and produced a variety of tokens for sale to collectors.