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The photos displayed are tokens from my stock, and are presented as examples of the types.
Some may be still in stock, and for sale. The descriptions are below the images.

Photography by Eric Holcomb
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Anglesey Pennies, for Parys Mine Co. On the left, Anglesey #3, pattern token for Thomas Williams by Westwood, 1787. This token has the names of the mine owners on the edge, and is quite rare. The middle token is Anglesey #250, a pattern piece for the first steam presses, and on the right is #15, a pattern token with a small "j" in a capitol "D" above the PMC cypher on the reverse. It is struck over a regular issue token and is quite unusual in that regard. All pattern pieces for the series are scarce to very rare.

Angusshire -- Two Scottish tokens, one a silver Shilling, Angusshire 4, featuring an ancient ruin and an armed Highlander. The latter a Dundee penny token of high rarity, #6, featuring Admiral Duncan on the obverse, Adam and Eve on the reverse, and dated 1797.

Devonshire, Bell #1. This token is not in Dalton and Hamer, though it certainly seems that it should be. It was issued as a private Twopence token by Upcott, with a reported 36 struck, in 1801. Most of those circulated to some degree, and are quite rare. A restrike, also reported as about 36 struck, was accomplished later, two of which are pictured below. The restrike can be told from the original by Die polish lines on and next to the Spurn lighthouse, and by the ship on the obverse, which now is a bit above the waves. There are also cuds near the rim on the reverse of the restruck tokens.

Derbyshire, Buxton -- Each of the two pieces shown features the Buxton Crescent on the reverse -- and arms and supporters on the obverse. Six were struck, (Derbyshire 1)and the reverse die broke -- prompting another die to be accomplished. Thirty of the Derbyshire #2 tokens were then struck, before the obverse die broke. A new obverse die was then made, and 200+ of the Derbyshire #3 tokens were done. On the left, an example of the very rare #2 token, and on the right a #3, which is scarce. They are the only ones in the series from Derbyshire, and are dated 1796.

Hertfordshire, St. Albans #2. The token on the left is a very rare piece, dated 1796, featuring the Prince of Wales' Crest on the obverse, and a crown, radiation, and a circle of lions. The token in the middle is a Kent Appledore #3, featuring a windmill, lion, and lamb. Fairly common, but difficult in high grade, the one pictured is nearly all red. It is dated 1794.  The piece on the right is a token from Lancashire, but not one that is well known. It is not in D&H proper, but was mentioned by Hamer in a study on private issues, and by Bell in one of his books as well. Issued by Preston Artist Repository in 1794, it is a handsome White metal token that needs a bit of recognition.

Middlesex -- the most prolific county in the way of issues. On the left, top row, Middlesex 301, The Bust of Ching, and arms with supporters. Ching was a medical "quack". The middle piece Middlesex 306, was issued by Fowlers, with Neptune and his trident, and a whaling scene, complete with spouting whale. It was issued in 1794. The piece on the right, Middlesex 535, is the one that I adopted for my business card, showing an ice skater in Hyde Park circa 1795, a Skidmore issue for collectors. The bottom pair are as follows -- Middlesex Spence #760, a most interesting token, with sentiments about the French revolution that was then occurring right across the channel.  One side depicts "English Slavery", with a fat man eating his fill -- the other "French Liberty", with a lean man sitting on the ground gnawing a bone. The other piece, Middlesex Spence 802, has Pitt and Fox as conjoined busts, with the reverse as a cat, which is a very popular theme and hard to find.

Monmouthshire -- there are but three tokens from Monmouthshire, all have about the same look on the obverse, dated 1795 -- the reverses being different. The one depicted is Monmouth #2, with a bunch of grapes both above and below the legends. It is exceedingly rare.

Shropshire -- the piece depicted on the left is actually a farthing size, and is dated 1792. It is a Shropshire #28, which is a rare token. The one on the right is a Sommersetshire #98, With a view of a glass factory, and a note on gold, silver, and copper on the reverse. It is rare.

Warwickshire -- this county has the second largest output of tokens, partially because many of the tokens in the series were made there, in Birmingham. On the left, a handsome portrait of Joseph Priestly, the reverse showing his scientific instruments. Designated Warwickshire 32, it is listed as rare, but is really RRR. The middle token is a private one, by Barker, Warks 68. 24 were struck, and depicts arms on the obverse and justice in a sunken oval on the reverse. The token on the right was issued by Sharp, and is designated Warks 312. 48 were struck. He lived in the home shown on the obverse, and he shows "peeping Tom" looking out of a window---a tie-in to another Coventry token featuring Lady Godiva. The obverse of the piece has a seated female leaning on a sword. It is dated 1797 in Roman numerals.

Wilkinson -- This token is unlisted. There are many Wilkinson tokens listed in D&H, from Warwickshire #332 to #474. This token, featuring the bust of Wilkinson on the obverse, and a man at forge on the reverse, dated 1787, has no period after the "r" in the obverse legend, and the bust is entirely different than any other in that his hair queue comes up very tight against the bust. The reverse is very close to the #365 in D&H, so I am placing it there temporarily. the token was discovered by Dr. Richard Doty, and was in his collection. The piece on the right is a brass token, undated, from Yorkshire. Yorks, Hobson's #68. Arms and supporters, and a shield on the reverse. A merchant's piece, it is quite scarce, and comes in Brass and white metal.

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