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    AS36, Lot 421:

    Middlesex 467. (Rare and unlisted variation) Richardson's. Æ halfpenny. 11.06 gm. 31 mm. Struck with a medal turn (↑↑) rather than the usual coin turn (↑↓). Fortune standing between two lottery wheels; NOTHING VENTURE NOTHING HAVE around; 1795 below / AT THE OFFICES OF | RICHARDSON GOODLUCK & Co | No | 12807 | THE LAST PRIZE OF | £30000 | SHARED | WAS SOLD IN SIXTEENTHS (larger lettering variety). Brown and Red Uncirculated; attractive; the die breaks very faint.

    The reverse legend celebrates a prize of £30,000 (£2,420,000 in today's terms) divided into 16ths (£151,250 each at a time when £100 per year would be a generous living).

    Lotteries were a common aspect of life in late 18th century England. “It is evident that, at this time, lottery tickets were considered an essential part of a well-stocked family larder, and consequently to be had at most stores.” (Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society. Newport, R.I. 1912)

    Samuel (Bazaar, Exchange and Mart, Sept. 1882) notes that lotteries in England began in the reign of Elizabeth I. They became a source of income for the government who contracted with firms like this one. Richardsons found "in the provinces an elderly female by the name of Goodluck whom they nominally took into partnership for …the effect her name would have upon the public mind." Samuel goes on to explain that the ploy worked very well for the firm.

    A related piece, Middlesex 471 shows a “Bluecoat Boy," a scholar from Christ’s Hospital, in front of a lottery wheel preparing to draw a winner; a cornucopia spilling money is below the exergue line along with the 1795 date. This is the other main design. Middlesex 467 through 471 lists Richardson pieces but there are two major varieties--the female and the Bluecoat Boy.

  2. In cart, not held Being held Reserved in cart Sold Purchased Watching  
    AS36, Lot 422:

    Middlesex 467. Richardson's. Æ halfpenny. 10.98 gm. 31 mm. (↑↓). Fortune standing between two lottery wheels; NOTHING VENTURE NOTHING HAVE around; 1795 below / AT THE OFFICES OF | RICHARDSON GOODLUCK & Co | No | 12807 | THE LAST PRIZE OF | £30000 | SHARED | WAS SOLD IN SIXTEENTHS (larger lettering variety). Brown and Red Uncirculated; attractive; the die break on the obverse very faint; more pronounced reverse die break.

    The reverse legend celebrates a prize of £30,000 (£2,420,000 in today's terms) divided into 16ths (£151,250 each at a time when £100 per year would be a generous living).

    Lotteries were a common aspect of life in late 18th century England. “It is evident that, at this time, lottery tickets were considered an essential part of a well-stocked family larder, and consequently to be had at most stores.” (Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society. Newport, R.I. 1912)

    Samuel (Bazaar, Exchange and Mart, Sept. 1882) notes that lotteries in England began in the reign of Elizabeth I. They became a source of income for the government who contracted with firms like this one. Richardsons found "in the provinces an elderly female by the name of Goodluck whom they nominally took into partnership for …the effect her name would have upon the public mind." Samuel goes on to explain that the ploy worked very well for the firm.

    A related piece, Middlesex 471 shows a “Bluecoat Boy," a scholar from Christ’s Hospital, in front of a lottery wheel preparing to draw a winner; a cornucopia spilling money is below the exergue line along with the 1795 date. This is the other main design. Middlesex 467 through 471 lists Richardson pieces but there are two major varieties--the female and the Bluecoat Boy.

  3. In cart, not held Being held Reserved in cart Sold Purchased Watching  
    AS36, Lot 423:

    Middlesex 468. Richardson's. Æ halfpenny. 10.78 gm. 31 mm. Fortune standing between two lottery wheels; NOTHING VENTURE NOTHING HAVE around; 1795 below / AT THE OFFICES OF | RICHARDSON GOODLUCK & Co | No | 12807 | THE LAST PRIZE OF | £30000 | SHARED | WAS SOLD IN SIXTEENTHS (smaller lettering variety). Uncirculated; attractive light reddish brown tone; the die break on the obverse more pronounced.

    The reverse legend celebrates a prize of £30,000 (£2,420,000 in today's terms) divided into 16ths (£151,250 each at a time when £100 per year would be a generous living).

    Lotteries were a common aspect of life in late 18th century England. “It is evident that, at this time, lottery tickets were considered an essential part of a well-stocked family larder, and consequently to be had at most stores.” (Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society. Newport, R.I. 1912)

    Samuel (Bazaar, Exchange and Mart, Sept. 1882) notes that lotteries in England began in the reign of Elizabeth I. They became a source of income for the government who contracted with firms like this one. Richardsons found "in the provinces an elderly female by the name of Goodluck whom they nominally took into partnership for …the effect her name would have upon the public mind." Samuel goes on to explain that the ploy worked very well for the firm.

    A related piece, Middlesex 471 shows a “Bluecoat Boy," a scholar from Christ’s Hospital, in front of a lottery wheel preparing to draw a winner; a cornucopia spilling money is below the exergue line along with the 1795 date. This is the other main design. Middlesex 467 through 471 lists Richardson pieces but there are two major varieties--the female and the Bluecoat Boy.

  4. In cart, not held Being held Reserved in cart Sold Purchased Watching  
    AS36, Lot 425:

    Middlesex 471 (R). Richardson's. Æ halfpenny. 11.07 gm. 31 mm. A bluecoat boy standing in front of two lottery wheels; NOTHING VENTURE NOTHING HAVE around; 1795 below / AT THE OFFICES OF | RICHARDSON GOODLUCK & Co | No | 12807 | THE LAST PRIZE OF | £30000 | SHARED | WAS SOLD IN SIXTEENTHS (1 just over L on reverse). Good Extremely Fine; attractive; even chocolate brown tone.

    The reverse legend celebrates a prize of £30,000 (£2,420,000 in today's terms) divided into 16ths (£151,250 each at a time when £100 per year would be a generous living).

    Lotteries were a common aspect of life in late 18th century England. “It is evident that, at this time, lottery tickets were considered an essential part of a well-stocked family larder, and consequently to be had at most stores.” (Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society. Newport, R.I. 1912)

    Samuel (Bazaar, Exchange and Mart, Sept. 1882) notes that lotteries in England began in the reign of Elizabeth I. They became a source of income for the government who contracted with firms like this one. Richardsons found "in the provinces an elderly female by the name of Goodluck whom they nominally took into partnership for …the effect her name would have upon the public mind." Samuel goes on to explain that the ploy worked very well for the firm.

    This piece, Middlesex 471 shows a “Bluecoat Boy," a scholar from Christ’s Hospital, in front of a lottery wheel preparing to draw a winner; a cornucopia spilling money is below the exergue line along with the 1795 date. Middlesex 467 through 471 lists Richardson pieces but there are two major varieties--the female and the Bluecoat Boy.

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