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CG04853

Birmingham Promissory Penny 1795 issued by Thomas Welch

Regular price £350
Regular price Sale price £350

18th Century Token, Warwickshire, Birmingham, copper Penny, 1795, issued by Thomas Welch, stag's head over shield of arms of six stars, date in Roman numerals in exergue, legend and toothed border surrounding, JUNGANTUR LEX ET JUSTITIA., rev. struck en medaille, TW cypher, raised letter legend on raised border surrounding, two palm leaves below, BIRMINGHAM PROMISSORY TOKEN. edge with incuse inscription, xON DEMAND I PROMISE TO PAY THE BEARER ONE PENNYx, weight 26.63g (D&H 21 S). With a little background lustre, toned, extremely fine.

Provenance:

Ex Dr D W Dykes Collection, author of "Coinage and Currency in Eighteenth Century Britain, The Provincial Coinage"

Thomas Welch was an attorney of law in Birmingham in the late 18th Century. With the growing fad for the collecting of tradesman tokens at that time, some gentry issued their own collectible tokens like this promissory Penny.

The Latin legend translates as "Join law and justice."

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