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William Goldsmith, Copper Halfpenny, 1794 Obv A large building. Arouind the perimeter BRAINTREE & BOCKING HALFPENCE Ex. MDCCXCIV Rev A figure of Hope standing, facing forward, left arm resting on an anchor. Around the perimeter SUCCESS TO TRADE AND COMMERCE. Period close to anchor Edge PAYABLE AT W GOLDSMITHS BRAINTREE ESSEX. X X . (Conder p.33, 2; Pye p.9, 8; Virt p.178; Atkins p. 26, 3; D&H Essex 3)
Sharply struck and nearly choice uncirculated with a bit of faded color remaining. Quite rare.
This is the variant noted by D&H with the period close to the anchor and the same die used for Durham 5. It is much more difficult to locate than D&H suggests and this is the best example that I have handled in some time.
William Goldsmith, (1740-1816), tailor and draper, Braintree.