05 Apr 2020

**My First Pidcock Token**

Tokens | Kepi

Hi everyone! Hope all is quiet on the home front and we're all taking time to enjoy our coins and collections. This is a new area of collecting for me... Pidcock's Exhibition (London) English Conder Tokens. How cool are these! Old and gnarly with great animals on them... I had to have one! ( Actually my second one is on the way even as I write this... haha) The Pidcock Exhibition was a private zoo in London that showed all kinds of exotic animals from around the world. Many Londoners had never seen such beasts before as these were imported from Asia, Africa, India, Australia and South America. The Tokens featured a animal on each side with the exception of a couple varieties. Some examples are elephants, parrots, rhinos, monkeys, lions, zebras, kangaroos, eagles and even a two-headed cow! This particular Pidcock is a 1790's Great Britain D&H-414 1/2P E: Plain NGC graded it an MS62 BN. Also note that "EXIBITION" is misspelled. These were struck in copper so the best of the best would have a deep red finish. But since my Token is about 230 years old a bit of that red has been worn off... haha To me this example is wonderful! I love the Lion ( a lot of you know I have a thing for Lions ) and the Eagle definitely has attitude! Also known in the Token collecting world as the "Crazy Bird". I hope you enjoyed my blog and this interesting new collection.

17 Mar 2018


Tokens | Longstrider

Today I have a new token acquisition. As you can see below, it is a 1795 Great Britain Halfpenny. I like to collect tokens and coins with bee hives or Druids on them. This token has both. Nice find if I do say so myself. I’m very new to tokens so all mistakes are mine. The Obverse,?, shows a druid head facing right. Around the edge is written CURRENT IN THE COUNTIES OF. It has the date, 1795, below the Druid. The reverse has a old world style beehive in the center with bees flying around it. The hive is sitting on a stand on some grass. Around the edge is written INDUSTRY HAS IT’S SURE REWARD. There is what looks like a flower in the center edge. Around the outside rim is inscribed: CAMBRIDGE BEDFORD . AND HUNTINGDON . X . X


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