Plymouth halfpenny token

Made:
1796 in Birmingham
engraver:
Arnold
maker:
William Lutwyche

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Token, copper, 28mm diameter. Plymouth halfpenny 1796. (DH Devon 6). Issuer Shepheard, Dove, Hammett & Co., 1796, ½d. Obverse Man seated at a loom: ‘Plymouth Halfpenny’. Reverse Woman seated at a spinning wheel: ‘Sail Canvas Manufactory’. Notes The factory was founded by eighteen men for philanthropic reasons to give employment to the poor. Shepheard was a witness at the trial of another partner, the Rev William Winterbotham, a Dissenting minister. For preaching two seditious sermons he was sentenced to four years imprisonment and a fine of £200.

Details

Category:
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Object Number:
1977-381/2
type:
token
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • exchange medium
credit:
Mr. J. Newmark.