Matthew Denton, St. Albans Copper Halfpenny, 1796 (D&H Hertfordshire 2) Obv: The Prince of Wales' crest and motto ICH DIEN. Around the perimeter PAYABLE AT ST. ALBANS HERTS * 1796 * Rev: A crown, 1796 above, within a radiation and circle of lions. Edge: Plain (Conder p.46, 1; Virt p.151; Atkins p. 46, 2; D&H Hertfordshire 2)
Sharply struck, gem uncirculated. The obverse with a fair amount of original color; the reverse toned. Quite attractive and rare.
Matthew Denton, (1771-1838) publisher and coin dealer, Hospital Gate and 139 St. Johns Street, West Smithfield. Along with Thomas Prattent, co-author of the Virtuoso's Companion and Coin Collector's Guide.