Obv: View of a church, shield of arms atop, HACKNEY CHURCH above, MCCXC in exergue. Rev: A cypher D A R, a knife and palm branch crossed below, wreath above, HACKNEY PROMISSORY TOKEN around, 1795 below. Edge: Plain.
Uncirculated. Red in devices and legends. Some light reverse spotting. 24 struck in copper, 10 in silver. Rare.
Known as Rebello’s halfpenny, this private token was made for David Alves Rebello (thus the initials D A R on the reverse), a Jewish merchant who was also an avid coin collector. This is also known as the first issued private token, and after Rebello’s death in 1796, copies of this much loved token were made by Jacobs for Skidmore. The old church shown on the obverse, once known as St. Augustine’s, was rebuilt sometime in the early sixteenth century, and today only the tower still stands. Today the church is known as St. Johns and buried in its grounds is Henry Lord Percy, Earl of Northumberland, who died here in 1537. Henry Percy, as you may know, was once in love with Anne Boleyn, who then was a lady of the court before she wed King Henry VIII. It created quite the scandal as they became betrothed without permission of the King nor his father. And we all know what happened to Anne Boleyn. One token can take us in so many different directions!