Æ Penny. 33.8mm. GENUINE BRITISH COPPER above view of buildings with four chimneys, all belching smoke, SEDBURY IRON WORKS in exurgue. R. ONE PENNY TOKEN within a wreath of oak and laurel. W 970a Struck from rusty dies on a virgin flan. An interesting industrial scene. Weak in places, otherwise VF, and better for the issue.
This attractive token was most likely struck as a speculative piece for sale to anyone who would use it. There was certainly not an iron works at Sedbury, Gloucs. at this time. The same reverse die was used for bogus pieces for Burton, Sheffield and several ‘non-local pieces’. The examples that turn up are nearly always in good condition, indicating that they did not circulate.
Examples are found on virgin flans, and also overstruck on a variety of other tokens.
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