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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 plain and rounded (D&H Middlesex 332b)
Sharply struck, well-centered, and gem uncirculated. Very 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: S H Hamer Collection, Glendinings 26-28 November 1930, lot 168 (part) acquired by A H Baldwin & Sons for F S Cokayne for 12/6; F S Cokayne Collection, acquired by A H Baldwin & Sons c.1944; A H Baldwin & Sons Auction 92, 30 September 2014, lot 385.