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Skidmore, Copper Halfpenny, 1794, obv A view of a church. Around the perimeter HENDON . VALUE . ONE HALFPENNY. Ex: 1794, rev The head of a man and and ass conjoined. Around the perimeter ODD * FELLOWS * A MILLION HOGG 1795 A GUINEA . PIG, edge engrailed (Atkins p. 85, 162; D&H Middlesex 332)
Struck using a clashed reverse die exhibiting a set of impressed denticles. Near gem uncirculated with original color remaining. Rare.
Skidmore & Son, Founded by John Skidmore (1748-1823) and later joined by his second son, Paul (b. 1775) in 1795 or 1796. They carried on an iron-foundry and held the appointment of stovegrate maker to His Majesty's Board of Ordance. After becoming Skidmore & Son they produced numerous tokens, ultimately responsible for more than a quarter of all the token varieties produced in the late 18th century, including those issued by Matthew Denton, Thomas Prattent, and Thomas Spence.
Provenance: A H Baldwin & Sons Auction 92, 30 September 2014, lot 383