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William Lutwyche, Anti-Slavery Copper Halfpenny (D&H Middlesex 1037)

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William Lutwyche, Anti-Slavery Copper Halfpenny obv A man in chains, kneeling to the right. Around the perimeter AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER The head under the space between the N of MAN and the A of AND. rev Two hands joined. Around the perimeter MAY SLAVERY & OPRESSION CEASE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD * Large letters in legend; OPRESSION incorrectly spelled with one P. Edge PAYABLE IN DUBLIN OR LONDON + . +  (Atkins p. 375, 144; D&H Middlesex 1037)

Minor imperfections, otherwise choice uncirculated.

William Lutwyche, (1754-1801), toymaker, later token manufacturer, Temple Row and St Philip churchyard. Lutwyche was active in the production of tokens from 1791 until 1801 and seems to have had more individual commissions for than any other manufacturer. His output of more than 65 tons of "legitimate provincial coins"  was exceeded only by that of Thomas Williams, the consortium of Westwood and Hancock, and that of Matthew Boulton. He frequently combined dies then in his posession to produce various mules, concocted numerous specious issues, and has been attributed with manufacturing the bulk of evasions and lighweight coppers that appeared toward the end of the 18th century.

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