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Essex Epping Forest DH 1 obv_edited

Essex Epping Forest DH 1 rev_edited

By all accounts the Robinson S. Brown Jr. Conder Token Auction by DNW in London on October 7th, 2009 by was a great success.   The Brown collection (Part I) consisted of lots 1 – 247 and realized ₤91,080 including the buyer’s premium.  The entire auction consisted of 621 lots, 4 lots went unsold, there were 98 successful bidders and a total of 33 vendors.  A few hightlights follow.

Pictured above is Lot 132, from Essex, Epping Forest [DH 1], Spence’s Shilling dated 1796 (the 9 and 6 in the date are retrograde, see below).  It has the stag right and the reverse has the star and Garter.  The edge reads: Spence x  Dealer x in x Coins x London.   The quality of the work that went into this token is perhaps best noted by the eye of the stag, what craftsmanship!  The token sold for ₤540.

Essex DH 1 Date_edited

Essex DH 1 eyes







Lot 9           Aylesbury [DH 4], Francis Wheeler Halfpenny dated 1797, had most attractive original surfaces with brilliant toning.  This lot sold for ₤ 1440 ($2,290 based on US exchange of $1.59).  All prices include a 20% buyers’ premium.

Lot 10        Aylesbury [DH 5] another Francis Wheeler, Skidmore’s mule Halfpenny (1797), where the approximate population is reported to be 6 pieces with 2 in institutions, produced  ₤ 780 ($1,240).

Lot 11         Aylesbury [DH 6] was another Francis Wheeler, Skidmore’s mule Halfpenny, with the same obverse die as Lot 10 brought ₤ 816 ($1297) in extremely fine condition with only one other specimen known.  This example’s provenance goes back to  the S.H. Hamer Collection.

Lot 12         Aylesbury [DH 7c], Lutwyche’s Halfpenny with the laureate but of William III and perhaps the finest in private hands was hammered down at ₤ 1,020 ($1,622).  The provenance of this coin was back to the W. Anderson Collection (April 2000) and J. Spingarn Collection (February 2001).

Lot 13         Aylesbury [DH 8], another very rare (only one other specimen known to the cataloguer) Skidmore’s mule brought ₤ 540 ($859).  This specimen has the FW cipher surmounted by the crest of a swan and encircled by a wreath of oak and palm on the obverse while the reverse has the heart on hand.  Beautiful example and practically unique.

Lot 15         Aylesbury [DH 9], another Skidmore’s Halfpenny coming from the S.H. Hamer collection brought ₤ 744 ($1,183).

Lot 19         Aylesbury [DH 14], Skidmore’s mule with justice seated right and with the Hendon church on the reverse,  brought ₤ 1,200 ($1,908).   Another example where only two other specimens are known, and one of those is in the British Museum.

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 Middlesex, 1795 Newgate Prison, Uncirculated Example of

D&H 396

The London, England, auction house of Dix Noonan Webb will be selling the  collection of Conder tokens formed by the late Robinson S. Brown Jr in four parts, beginning October 7th 2009 (Bedfordshire thru Lincolnshire). Subsequent auctions are scheduled for October 2010 (Middlesex), October 2011 (Norfolk thru Yorkshire) and October 2012 (Wales, Scotland, Ireland and an extensive run of duplicates).

Catalogues may be ordered  from Dix Noonan Webb, 16 Bolton Street, London W1J 8BQ, England,  ww.dnw.co.uk.

They can also be contacted by phone at: 011-44-20-7016-1700.

For a direct link to the online catalogue use the following URL:  


This is sure to be another major “Copper Event” since the anticipation of sale of the Brown collection of British Tokens his  has long been awaited.  Many say Brown’s collection is among the most complete (if not the most complete) collection of Conder Tokens ever assembled. 

The last great Conder Token Sale was held July 7th & 8th, 1998 in Melborne, Australia.  It was the W.J. Noble Collection of British Tokens offered by Noble Numismatics Pty. Ltd. (sale No. 58, part B). 

This “UNDER PUBLICIZED” auction of Brown’s collection on October 7,2009 is sure to be an exciting  beginning to a fantastic group of events over the next several years for Provincial Token collectors of the 18th century.


The political satire of the illustrated token is that all the “issuers” were all currently prisoners residing in Newgate Prison.  They had been found guilty of subversive libel.  Notably, Ridgeway was publisher of Paine’s “Rights of Man”

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