Walthamstow British Copper Company 1812 Plain Edge Penny Token ex Cokayne Collection
United Kingdom, Walthamstow, Essex. British Copper Company 1812 Copper Penny Token. 24.96 g.; 35 mm.; edge plain struck in collar; medal orientation. Withers 562a; Davis 5 var. BRITISH COPPER COMPANY in centre within a wreath of oak; around, SMELTING WORKS AT LANDORE *. Acorn by the top of H; no acorn at the bottom right; 23 acorns total, 12 on left and 11 on right. Rx Lion side, which is the true obv, but Davis set as the reverse, and established precedent. ROLLING MILLS AT WALTHAMSTOW a lion standing left, head front; ONE PENNY / 1812 in exergue. The 2 is under the first limb of N; the second 1 of the date is under the upright of E; the tuft of the tail points upwards, and the groundline extends a bit beyond the rear left paw.
Extremely Fine, w glossy dark brown surfaces. Fully struck on a full flan. The rev lion side die exhibits faint raised die fissures; one from the beginning of the date upwards touching the mane and extending to the rim at the beginning of the M; another from the rim above the H in WALTHAM extending thru the tuft of the tail to the lion\\’s head; a third from the lion\\’s left lower leg upward to the M in WALTHAM. The groundline extends slightly longer past the lion\\’s left paw, than that of the plate example in Withers, for W.562. Finer and more detailed than the Withers Plate Piece. $160.
Ex Francis B. Cokayne Collection w his ticket, having purchased from the L. Clements Collection, 19 May 1908, for a halfcrown, a significant sum, indicating Cokayne\\’s keen interest in acquiring the piece, which appears as the same die as Withers 562, but is struck w a plain edge, and much scarcer.