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Yorkshire, Sheffield, “Phoenix” Gold 1/2-Guinea Token 1812 AU58

19th Century Token, struck in gold, Yorkshire, Sheffield, Younge, Wilson & Younge, gold Half-Guinea Token, 1812, engraved by Halliday, phoenix dramatically rising from the flames, legend and toothed border surrounding, YOUNGE. WILSONS & YOUNGE. / SHEFFIELD, rev. value10.6 at centre, s over 10 and d over 6, legend in two concentric arrangements surround, STANDARD GOLD and YORKSHIRE TOKEN 1812, engrailed edge (Davis 37; Dalton 84). Very attractively toned, some residual brilliance in legends, light wear only on highest points of phoenix breast and tiny traces of red wax on obverse, good extremely fine and one of the best we have encountered, very rare, has been graded and slabbed by NGC as AU58.

In NGC holder graded AU58
Younge, Wilsons & Younge, button manufacturers in Sheffield, would have had access to the machinery needed to strike coins as well as buttons, though it is not understood exactly why they would issue larger value gold tokens. Only three gold tokens were issued in the early 19th Century - the vast majority were produced more cheaply in copper and silver, when there was a shortage of small change coins in Great Britain during the war against Napoleon.

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