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Skidmore's Amersham Halfpenny Token, 1797 Obv Musical instruments. Around the perimeter AMERSHAM . TOKEN ., 1797 below. Rev An inscription in four lines A SPEEDY AND LASTING PEACE between branches. Edge Engrailed (Atkins p. 3, 1a; D&H Buckinghamshire 2a)
Gem uncirculated with substantial original color. Scarce.
Skidmore, 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.