½ Penny Somerset - Bath / F. Heath

½ Penny (Somerset - Bath / F. Heath) -  obverse½ Penny (Somerset - Bath / F. Heath) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer United Kingdom
Type Token
Year 1795
Value 1/2 Penny (1/480)
Currency Conder tokens (1787-1797)
Composition Copper
Weight 9.74 g
Diameter 31 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 109249
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References DH# 40,
Richard Dalton, Samuel H. Hamer ; 1918. The Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th Century. Davisson's Ltd., London, United Kingdom.
Batty# 670
David Thornbory Batty; 1868. Batty's Catalogue of the Copper Coinage of Great Britain, Ireland, British Isles and Colonies / Volume 1. John forsyth, Manchester, United Kingdom.
And 3 more volumes.

Obverse

A crowned and bearded bust (King Bladud) in profile to left with bow and quiver over shoulder. Lettering around outside in two directions, separated by acorn on left and oak leaf on right

Lettering:
SUCCESS TO THE BATH WATERS
* BLADUD FOUNDER OF BATH *

Reverse

A public building frontage. Lettering above, and below with date, lettering around

Lettering:
WEST FRONT OF NEW PUMP ROOM
BATH.
HEATH · 1795
IRONMONGER · & c ·

Edge

Diagonal milling ////
NOTE: plain edge variety exists

½ Penny (Somerset - Bath / F. Heath) -  obverse

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Comments

An 18th Century token of medical interest. The West front of the new Pump Room at Bath is well portrayed in the token of Heath the ironmonger in 1795. This same merchant issued tokens showing Bladud, the mythical founder of Bath, and inscribed "Success to the Bath waters".
 Catalogues: (Conder p.133, 18; Pye p.5, 10; Virt p.49; Atkins p.173, 32; D&H Somersetshire 40)

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1795  100% DH#40 - milled edge
1795  0% DH#40a - plain edge

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