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Skidmore, Copper Halfpenny, obv A bust in profile to left, 1793 below. Around the perimeter WILLIAM HALLAN . BRIMINGHAM, rev Bust of David Garrick to left. Around the perimeter DAVID GARRICK ESQ.R, edge milled (Conder p.280, 159; Atkins p. 214, 86; D&H Warwickshire 133)
Sharply struck gem uncirculated. 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.