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Skidmore, Copper Halfpenny, 1795 (DH Middlesex 310)

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Skidmore, Copper Halfpenny, 1795, struck over a Macclesfield Halfpenny, obv A view of a church with a small shield of arms above. Around the perimeter HACKNEY CHURCH. Ex: MCCXC The M of the date is centered under the window of the building above, rev A cypher D A R, a knife and palm branch crossed below, a wreath above. Around the perimeter HACKNEY PROMISSORY TOKEN 1795 Small letters in legend, small date. Open wreath centered under the M of PROMISSORY, edge PAYABLE AT MACCLESFIELD LIVERPOOL OR CONGLETON  (Atkins p. 84, 153; D&H Middlesex 310)

Near gem uncirculated and attractively toned. 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: A H Baldwin & Sons