Peter Kempson, Copper Halfpenny Mule (D&H Somersetshire 87) Obv: A representation of a part of a castle and bridge. Around the perimeter B. WATER HALFPENNY . FOR CHANGE NOT FRAUD; Rev: A mounted dragoon. Around the perimeter PRO REGE ET PATRIA Ex: QUEENS BAYS The point of the sword slightly to the right of the E of REGE, the cokade between the E and T of ET; Edge: PAYABLE IN LONDON The remainder engrailed (Atkins p. 176, 75; D&H Somersetshire 87)
Choice, toned uncirculated and quite attractive.
Peter Kempson, (1755-1824), buttonmaker, later token manufacturer, St. Mary's Row, Birmingham, later Little Charles Street. Kempson was actively involved in the production of tokens from 1791 until 1799, turning out more than 60 tons of "legitimate provincial coins" for various commissions. Kempson also freely muled dies in his posession, and produced a variety of tokens for sale to collectors.