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CG04845

John Gregory Hancock 9 years old token

18th Century Token, Warwickshire, Birmingham, copper Penny, 1800, issued for Thomas Welch by Peter Kempson, male bust left in coat with four buttons, raised letter inscription around lower half, FROM A MODEL BY .I.G. HANCOCK SEN., raised border surrounding with outer raised letter legend commencing at bottom, +. THE WORK OF JOHN GREGORY HANCOCK AGED 9 YEARS., rev. inverted die axis, nine line inscription, TO / ENCOURAGE / A RARE INSTANCE / OF GENIUS / THIS / COIN WAS STRUCK / FOR T. WELCH / BIRMINGHAM / 1800, edge inscribed in raised letters, +x PENNY TOKEN PAYABLE ON DEMAND. X+X+X+X+X, weight 36.21g (D&H 24 R; Atkins 19). Toned, with a few flecks and light spots, some slight rim cud, otherwise a bold extremely fine with an imposing portrait, rare.

Provenance:

Ex Thomas Egerton Tatton, Sotheby, 6-7th November 1911, lot 142 sold for £1 to A H Baldwin.

This coin illustrated in "Coinage and Currency in Eighteenth Century Britain, The Provincial Coinage" by David W Dykes, page 342, number 384.

Child prodigy John Gregory Hancock (baptised 1792), of Birmingham, was the son of die sinker John Gregory Hancock (c.1750-1805), but seems to have pre-deceased his Father as there is no real trace of him after these prodigious token issues, the last of which are in 1800, and presumably show a bust of Thomas Welch. Supposedly only 36 pieces of this token were struck.

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