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Thomas Hall, Copper Halfpenny (DH Middlesex 319a)

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Thomas Hall, ' Large Toucan' Copper Halfpenny, obv A toucan on a branch with the head facing right. Around the perimeter TO . THE . CURIOUS . OBSERVERS . OF . NATURAL . PHAENOMENA .  Large toucan. The beak extends below the O of OBSERVERS and the lower branch to the left points to the A of PHENOMENA, rev An inscription in four lines  THE 1ST ARTIST IN EUROPE. Around the perimeter T . HALL . PRESERVER . OF . BIRDS . BEASTS . OR . REPTILES. CITTY . ROAD . NEAR . FINSBURY . SQUARE., Edge PAYABLE IN DUBLIN OR LONDON X X   (Atkins p. 95, 230a; D&H Middlesex 319a)

Very choice, sharp toned and faded red uncirculated.

Thomas Hall, (1758-1838), taxidermist, with a shop at 10 City Road, London.

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