Obv: Bust of John Howard, IOHN HOWARD F.R.S PHILANTHROPIST around. Rev: Arms of the borough, PORTSMOUTH AND CHICHESTER. HALF PENNY above in two curved lines, 1794 in exergue. Edge: PAYABLE AT SHARPS PORTSMOUTH AND CHALDECOTTS CHICHESTER.
Uncirculated, Red & brown, and lustrous. Some reverse toning.
Made by Kempson and Wyon for Thomas Sharp and Thomas Chaldecott. Sharp was a draper in Portsmouth, and married Chaldecott’s sister. Chaldecott was a silversmith in Chichester. The Hampshire 53-55 are linked with the Sussex 19 and 20.