Obv: Bust facing right, J. LACKINGTON above, 1795 FINSBURY SQUARE below. Rev: Fame blowing a trumpet in center, HALFPENNY OF LACKINGTON. ALLEN & CO CHEAPEST BOOKSELLERS IN THE WORLD. (In two circles around). Edge: Milled to left.
Uncirculated and Choice. Some red. Fully lustrous.
John Lackington was an enterprising bookseller who started from the bottom to eventually own a large building which was called the Temple of the Muses. The building burnt down in 1841.