Macclesfield Halfpenny Token

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Macclesfield copper halfpenny

Diameter 28mm

The obverse features three castles and the four points of the compass. The inscription reads 'PROMISSORY HALFPENNY PAYABLE AT'. The reverse features half a lion rampant above the monogram R.C. The inscription reads 'MACCLESFIELD'. Tokens such as this were produced for periods in the late 18th Century and early 19th Century when there was a shortage of regal copper coinage. This led the Anglesey Mines Company to produce its own copper penny and halfpenny tokens in 1787, a practice that became widespread during both periods.


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Donor ref:LEAMG : M995.1926.122 (66/16639)

Source: Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

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