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Choice Virgil Brand - John Ford (1813) Wellington Penny Token. Breton-970.

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Choice Virgil Brand - John Ford (1813) Wellington Penny Token. Breton-970.

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(1813) Wellington Penny token. Copper, 34 mm. Breton-970, Charlton WE-4A1 (Engrailed Edge). Choice Extremely Fine. From the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, earlier from the Virgil Brand Collection (via Brand's daughter, Jane Brand Allen, in 1961). I described this piece in the Ford Canadian token catalogue as: "Struck over a penny token of Samuel Guppy, Bristol. Choice dark chocolate brown with superb gloss and eye appeal. Boldly struck, with some of the undertype visible on Wellington's portrait but not much elsewhere. A very handsome specimen of this type, harder to find in nice condition than the halfpennies." The surfaces are as choice as could be hoped for, and the color is ideal and consistent. Struck in England using other tokens as planchets, these penny tokens (and the more commonly seen halfpenny tokens) were imported into Canada in large quantities around the time of the War of 1812. Then, as now, Canadian issues saw steady circulation in the northern United States, and undoubtedly more than a few of these hit the tills in stores and taverns in New England and the Great Lakes. According to R.W McLachlan, the Wellington tokens were principally imported into Kingston (on the St. Lawrence River across from New York) and York, now known as Toronto. Wherever this one was imported into, it clearly didn't circulate for long.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 9075

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(1813) Wellington Penny token. Copper, 34 mm. Breton-970, Charlton WE-4A1 (Engrailed Edge). Choice Extremely Fine. From the John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, earlier from the Virgil Brand Collection (via Brand's daughter, Jane Brand Allen, in 1961). I described this piece in the Ford Canadian token catalogue as: "Struck over a penny token of Samuel Guppy, Bristol. Choice dark chocolate brown with superb gloss and eye appeal. Boldly struck, with some of the undertype visible on Wellington's portrait but not much elsewhere. A very handsome specimen of this type, harder to find in nice condition than the halfpennies." The surfaces are as choice as could be hoped for, and the color is ideal and consistent. Struck in England using other tokens as planchets, these penny tokens (and the more commonly seen halfpenny tokens) were imported into Canada in large quantities around the time of the War of 1812. Then, as now, Canadian issues saw steady circulation in the northern United States, and undoubtedly more than a few of these hit the tills in stores and taverns in New England and the Great Lakes. According to R.W McLachlan, the Wellington tokens were principally imported into Kingston (on the St. Lawrence River across from New York) and York, now known as Toronto. Wherever this one was imported into, it clearly didn't circulate for long.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location No
Strike Type No
Circulated/Uncirc No
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 9075

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