Hi everyone. Well I have one more of Kempsons famous Coventry series to put up. The last one will be the conclusion of way over two years work. Today's is Spon Gate. Another one of the defensive gates used around the city. This gate is very different from the others. It's two towers compared to most of the one towers. This was also inhabited by people and soldiers. Now again you have a MS 64 token in Brown Red mostly red if you were holding it. If you look directly in the middle of the gate you would see a very narrow walk way underneath the towers. Now Spon was known for its dyeing industry. There color of blue gave it the name Coventry Blue. Now this was mostly industrial so in 1771 it had to be taken down. There just was not enough room for the wagons full of clothes and materials to get through. This is stated on the bottom of the token. I did find and old sketch before it was built up around it. Now Spon Gate stood for great gate. It was as a matter of fact i believe the designer of Grey Friars Gate was one in the same. I have no historical information confirming that, but when I do get that token you will see the resemblance. It was in the west city wall north west of St. John's Church it was originally spelt Sponne in the early days. It's memory to this day survives in Spon End and Spon Street. It's a shame it had to be torn down but industry is industry. I mean it only stood since the fourteenth century. I'm glad Peter Kempson did this token to preserve history. He knew the beauty of buildings , animals anything his talented eyes would see. Same as an artist. They see an object or building and they paint it. Now Kempson also did portraits. Not alot but he did them. Now one more thing. Kempson tokens are highly sought after simply because people know talent. Just look at the detail in this token. There is not anything he didn't see that he did not get on a piece of copper. For saving history the way he did he has gained our respect. How do we know this. His tokens were made for collectors and regular people. Today 223 years later they are still in demand. I hope you enjoyed this token as much as I do. Compare it's grade and color to coins today and remember the tools they had to make the dies. To make the token. These were all talented men. Take care and enjoy. Mike.
Hi everyone. Well I went and did it again I bought another token. Not any token this one is the Franklin Press. Why do I say that? Simply because it's the only token or coin I have seen classified as Unique. That's right in the Red Book Deluxe on page 138. It is a Conder Token made in England in 1794. Now some made it's way to America but never circulated they went into collections. They went into collections because it was associated with a London shop were Franklin worked.