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№ 1199


7 October 2004

Hammer Price:

Cornwall, Truro, Cornish Metal Co, Proof Halfpenny, 1791, in bronzed-copper, druid’s head left within wreath, rev. arms, edge plain, 13.18g/6h (DH 2). Brilliant and practically as struck (£50-70)

F.W. Lincoln Collection, Glendining Auction, 12-13 February 1936, lot 191 (part) [from J. Henry]
Fawcett/Litman Collection.

John Vivian, head of the Cornish Metal Co, established in 1784 by himself, Thomas Williams, Matthew Boulton and James Watt, first approached Boulton’s agent, Thomas Wilson in Truro, about a ‘Cornish coinage’ in the summer of 1789, but the tokens were not struck for another two years (Doty,
CTCJ November 1997, pp.11-15)