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Skidmore & Son, Cronebane Halfpenny Mule, 1795 (D&H Wicklow 66)

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Skidmore & Son, Cronebane Halfpenny Mule, 1795 Obv A bishop's head in profile facing to right, and a crosier tied with a bow of ribbon. Around the perimeter CRONEBANE HALFPENNY . No period after HALFPENNY. Point of crosier to the second limb of the first N of HALFPENNY, the end of the upper ribbon points to the top of the foot of theY of HALFPENNY. Bottom ribbon below the Y. Rev An H and a bugle horn upon a shield. Around the perimeter PAYABLE . IN . DUBLIN . OR . BELFAST 1795 below Large shield, slanted 5 in date. Edge Plain (Conder p.197, 19; Atkins p. 357, 46; D&H Wicklow 66)

A bit of detritus, otherwise choice, sharp, toned and faded red 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.  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.

Ex. F. S. Cokayne Collection; acquired 5 November 1903 for 15/-

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