Printed Auction 41 Lot 302

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Printed Auction 41 Lot 302

Birmingham. The Workhouse. Æ six pence token. 146.7 gm. 50 mm. 10 mm thick. "The largest copper coin ever issued in Great Britain" 1813. A front view of a large building; BIRMINGHAM above; 1813 below the building; SIX PENCE below / ONE POUND NOTE PAYABLE AT THE WORKHOUSE FOR 40 TOKENS above and below a shield. Davis 28. Withers 375 (VF £3000). Good Extremely Fine; finest known, as made. "Attractive brown patina, the blank with many casting faults otherwise extremely fine and extremely rare…" This piece better than the DNW Oct. 2019 piece which was noted as "arguably the finest available to commerce" along with the notation of minor edge nicks. This piece has an edge void flaw on the reverse at 12:30 where the flan was not full. The obverse rim is free of nicks/dings as is the reverse though the reverse does exhibit a couple more slight faults from the manufacture of the flan itself.

Ex Glendinings. 2/3/1994 (597)

Ex Noble 1998, Lot 1922.

When DNW sold an example of this rare piece in 2019 the DNW cataloger commented that it is "believed about 10 specimens now known." The DNW cataloger also commented about "minor edge nicks" on the piece. The photo of that piece also shows post-strike marks on the surfaces. The DNW piece sold for £7500 ($9305 at the time) plus buyer's commission—$11166 all in

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