Mike 's Blog

19 Aug 2020

St.Mary's Hall D&H 295 Warwickshire P. Kempson

Tokens | Mike

Hi everyone hope all is well. Today I will be writing about Conder Tokens. What are they . They were used in England during the 18th century. Why Conder. Well a Gentleman by the name.of Conder saw one an decided these were important . So he decided to catalog these beautiful tokens. Now Britain was not issuing any silver or gold.They were involved in so many wars it cost them. Like our civil war the people stepped up and made these. Some have the store on the reverse of on the edge. They made half pennies and penny's. . This way they could redeem them for goods. This set was made for collectors. Yes there were collectors back then. And they paid big money for these. The set is considered rare and scarce. The D&H number stands for Dalton And Hammer. A book that has them cataloged.

Now there were many great designers and die sinkers. This one was made by P. Kempson. He was one of the best and there were also many others who were excellent. What happened they became a work of art in copper. P. Kempson put two sets together. One of all pennies and one of half pennies. I decided to put together one of his sets. The Coventry Set of tokens. There were 19 in the set. I was told I could not do this . Why well these were made in 1797. That's 223 years ago.It took five years but I did it. The token below is one of the set. They all graded MS 63 to MS 66 some red brown one proof like.. .

Now St. Mary's Hall was built on Marys. street on the south side of St. Michael's Church. It says on the bottom St. Mary's Hall erected 6 in. It was built as a meeting and banquet hall for three of the city's guilds.St.Johns, St. Katherine Church, and Trinity Church. . This is the part I really enjoy. It was began about 1340-42. The great hall itself started in 1394 and finished in 1414. It was extensively repaired in 1580 and in 1753 the old brick floors were removed and wood planking put in.
The windows you see at the bottom were of famous people Earls Dukes, Bishops Mayors,. In 1826 the Windows were replaced Pemberton of Birmanham. Why was this building important. All the public used it the corporation used it. That's during the reign of my friend Henry the VIII. The three other churches used it for there bussiness. What I find remarkable as I always say is the record keeping I mean back to the 1300's . I found I could not put it all in. Now enlarge the picture's the color was taken in the 20th century. The black and white the 19 century.not much change. Now look at the token almost to the brick. That's how good they were and the steam presses put out 60 to 80 per minute.

This set is rare. It's so far the only known complete set. I will write another explaining these tokens. The token is12.96 grm 29 mm. The reverse is the crest of the town of coventry. An elephant for strength. On top a small castle were the soldiers would be and a wild cat to show there resolve. I'm very proud of this set it took two years to find the last one. NGC could not say its the only set . But they asked me to send it back and they put my name on the label. They do not do that to often. I was proud . But I had help from my friends at ANA. They didn't find any . But every time I was going to give up they kept me going. The set can be seen in the NGC Registry set or the web. Thanks I hope some of the new comers enjoyed this. It was last posted two years ago. If course more.information. And a picture of my research book. . That's what a research book should look like when your trying to find these. Thanks. Please enlarge the pictures. By the way the building is still standing!!!!!



Level 5

Well, remember, some people only think in terms of government issued coinage. Small thinking! Coins, Medals, Tokens, all have a beauty and a story to share. For you to have been able to research, find & collect these are just great! There are always the folks who "Can't" & they will tell you the same. The time & effort you went to will be forwarded on to all in this collection. Thanks.

Doug S.

Level 4

Amazing collection. Fascinating story. Well Done and Congratulations!


Level 5

Thanks for reminding collectors about these. They are a beautiful series.


Level 4

What a great article. I learned a lot about your topic and the history lesson.


Level 6

That's a beautiful Token! What a great addition to your on going collection! Always love to read your blogs! Thanks Mike ; )

The MoKe

Level 6

Mike, that Conder Token looked like it rolled off the presses yesterday. Not the U.S. Mint mind you, it looks too good. Thanks for sharing your outstanding token and the fascinating history surrounding it. That collection of yours deserves to be in the ANA Museum.


Level 7

They will never get it. Why they don't have an interest in this part of Numismatics. They will stay with the family. Thanks .


Level 6

I always enjoy your research and information.


Level 5

Fantastic accomplishment. Beautiful token. Would love to visit that building and area. Your collection certainly is unique .


Level 6

Fantastic. Your achievement should be a story in The Numismatist. Come on editors. I love the shot of you book. Amazing! And they said it couldn't be done. I know how much sweat and blood you put into this set. The only problem I have is you got myself and my wife hooked on them. She like Pidcock's. Not your fault! haha! Great job Mike. Thanks.


Level 7

Pidcocks exhibition is one that is very sought after. All the different animals that people in London never saw before. Pricy but worth it. Thanks .Mike

These tokens were taken care of well, it's amazing how beautiful they look even after 200+ years. I've only heard of Kempson's work, I am unaware anyone else sinked dies for these.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Beautifully done, and what a wonderful achievement. Your collection is a significant contribution to the fields of Numismatics and History.

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