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Skidmore, Copper Halfpenny Mule, 1795, Obv A view of a church. Around the perimeter ST. PAULS COVENT GARDEN LONDON Rev A view of a church in ruins. Around the perimeter DESTROY'D, BY, FIRE, SEPR. 17th . 1795 . Edge Milled (Conder p.100, 244; Virt p.31; Atkins p. 114, 399a; D&H Middlesex 522a)
Near gem uncirculated and attractively toned. Scarce
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. The company 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.