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Evesham Church, Penny Token, 1796, rare

Item Reference: FG45714

Evesham Church, Penny Token, 1796, rare

Great Britain, Worcestershire, Evesham, Thomas Thompson, Skidmore’s Copper Penny Trade Token, dated 1796, obverse: detailed view of the Abbot’s Tower and Evesham Church with windvanes at the very top, EVESHAM PENNY above, reverse: TT cypher at centre between sprigs of laurel, PAYABLE BY above, date JUNE 6 1796 below, edge inscribed I PROMISE TO PAY ON DEMAND THE BEARER ONE PENNY, diam. 34mm.

Evesham was a parliamentary constituency in Worcestershire which was represented in the British House of Commons. Originally a parliamentary borough consisting of the town of Evesham, it was first represented in 1295. After this its franchise lapsed for several centuries, but it then returned two Members of Parliament (MPs) from 1604 until 1868, when its representation was reduced to one member under the Representation of the People Act 1867. Thomas Thompson was the first Member of Parliament at the time of this token (Dalton & Hamer 6).

Light hairline in left of the obverse field, otherwise brilliant mint state and bronzed, rare, only 60 pieces struck.