1793 Warwickshire Wilkinson Halfpenny D&H 399, Rare – D&H Plate Token




0bverse : Bust of Wilkinson

Reverse : Man at forge


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1793 Warwickshire, Wilkinson; Issuer uncertain imitation copper halfpenny D&H 399. A token initially picked out by noticing the slight reverse double-strike where the man at forge has rotated it’s way further up the planchet and into the fields as pictured. Whilst comparing the D&H plate, I noticed the same blemish in the field but when zooming out, identifying a complete match for the D&H plate, even down to the slight scratch to the anvil. It would appear however that this rotational double-strike is not exclusive and appears on other, but not all, D&H 399 varieties. The final piece to the puzzle is the obverse legend above S of WILKINSON. Not all appear to exhibit this indent. One must therefore conclude that the comparison, together with the positioning of the strike and the post-strike imperfections, that in all likelihood, this is the D&H plate. Where did this piece come from? Ex-Jan Collection, Baldwin Vault. Always a crudely struck variety, good very fine for issue and rare.     

Rarity – Rare

UK Grade – Good very fine

US Grade – XF / AU

Provenance:  Ex-Baldwin St James Auction 26, 22 November 2018, lot 622; previously A.W. Jan Collection. 

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