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Peter Kempson, Halfpenny Mule, 1794 Obv A crown and septre radiated. KING AND CONSTITUTION 1794 below. Rev A figure of Hope standing, facing left, left arm resting upon an anchor. Around the perimeter PROSPERITY TO OLD ENGLAND. Edge milled (Conder p.214, 35; Atkins p. 27, 7; D&H Essex 7)
From a mid-state of both dies, otherwise nice lustrous uncirculated.
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.