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23 Aug 2021

St.Michael's Church D&H 38a Coventry Penny

Tokens | Mike

Well I could write pages on this church and the token. But I will keep it short. It is one of the most sought after tokens in the Conder series. It speaks for it's self. It's absolutely beautiful . It was built in the 14th &15th century. I could not find an architect associated with this wonderful church.The token is 28.3 grams and 36.0 mm. It's big and heavy. I will say it now. It is very under graded. Only NGC knows. This token was made for collectors. And for buying goods. It is a Penny!

What I found is back in the 11th century a stone was put on the site and a church was built there called St. Mary's Priory.That church grew in stature and in status with funding from the medieval guilds. Chapels we're incorporated into the main fabric of the church. Soon St. Michael's had11 alters and seven chapels. The Chancel is a space around the alter. Sometimes it included the choir and sanctuary.
This token was done by a great die sinker. Thomas Wyon. He made many wonderful pieces. As a matter of fact Wyon and Kempson teamed up on many projects. I can't imagine how long it took to make the die for this token. Just the detail . His son's also were die sinker. Even though this is a Coventry token it was left out of the set because it's a penny. The set is all half penny's. Wyon etched his name on the obverse and reverse you can only see It with a loop.
It was built in the gothic style. It's spire was the tallest of all. Close to 300 feet. After a while it was the third tallest. This wonderful church soon became a Cathedral in 1918 it would still be standing. But Hitler kept on bombing the churches. St. Michael's was destroyed in the blitz on November 14,1940. They destroyed 600 buildings and killed 500 people. The picture below with Churchill the Bishop of Coventry and the Mayor was taken not to long after the blitz. They said he had a tear in his eye.
....A architect by the name of Basil Urwin Spence. Was asked to rebuild St. Michaels. He decided to build it right next to the ruins. The ruins will never come down. They want it to remind them of the destruction of war. This was in 1956 to 1962.

..Now like I said there is so much on this beautiful church I could write more. But please enlarge the pictures. This token took years to find. It's a rarity one. The D&H 38 Coventry is a triple rairty. It has edge writing saying Coventry token.They did not make many of each one. I have been looking on and of for years. Now it's home were it belongs. Hope you enjoyed the readers digest verson. Thanks. Mike. P.S. THE STAINED GLASS THAT THEY FOUND THEY PRESERVED. IT WAS OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF THE TIME!!


......Please ENLARGE THE PICTURES!!!

Comments

Kevin Leab

Level 4

They don't design buildings like that anymore. What a beautiful piece you have there Mike....a rarity that we'd all strive to own. Thank you for the very informative blog my friend. Lots of great information!

Exceptional engraving on the reverse. You usually don't see that on a token.

Longstrider

Level 6

Beautiful. WAY undegraded. I bet NGC thought the clouds are brown spots. Thanks Mike. Well done. Never Give Up!

Kepi

Level 6

Always a great subject! Thanks for sharing this beautiful token! ; )

Golfer

Level 5

Great token. Certainly a great item to have. Your collection is awesome and quite the accomplishment! Well done. Thanks for the pictures. Would love to visit that area !

"SUN"

Level 6

Beautiful medal and building

Mokie

Level 6

Buildings rarely make good subjects unless they are rendered by a true artist. Mr. Wyon was just that, a genius of the engraver's art. Thank you for sharing this treasure, it does appear to be undergraded with pristine surfaces showing no obvious flaws. A 65 for sure.

Long Beard

Level 5

Oh my. That one may be a bit under-graded. With only seven graded by NGC, you did very well in finding one.

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