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Peter Kempson, Copper Halfpenny (D&H Norfolk 9)

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Peter Kempson, Copper Halfpenny mule, obv a group of weapons and musical instruments. On a label FIFTH TROOP. Around the perimeter BLOFIELD CAVALRY, rev a bust of Queen Elizabeth facing forward. Around the perimeter QUEEN ELIZABETH ., edge engrailed  (Conder p.118, 7; Virt p.181; Atkins p. 150, 10; D&H Norfolk 9)

From the flawed obverse die. Good extra fine with original color remaining. Rare.

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.

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