1794 Kent Halfpenny Token with Horse Pendant
1794 Kent Halfpenny Token with Horse Pendant
1794 Kent halfpenny back with lion and birds in a shield

1794 Kent Halfpenny Coin/Conder (col-018)

$320.00 USD

Description

1794 English Kent Halfpenny Conder Token.   

The front image is of a pretty horse with it's forefeet off the ground.

The reverse is a shield with a lion and birds with "FOR GENERAL CONVENIENCE" around the outer edge.  The reverse is slightly offset from the front. 

The copper coin is set in a hand fabricated sterling silver mount. 

Approx. 1 3/8" diameter.

Chains are available.  See Chains.

Story

In Britain, a shortage of small coinage in the 1790's inspired local companies, militias, and townships to create their own coins called conder tokens. The tokens were then used to pay workers, militia, and common transactions, keeping the economy running.  The resulting coins have beautiful and varied artwork, as they weren't constrained by the Crown mint.