Obv: A mail coach travelling, MAIL COACH HALFPENNY above, TO TRADE EXPEDITION & TO PROPERTY PROTECTION in exergue, PAYABLE IN LONDON below. Rev: TO J. PALMER. ESQ. THIS IS INSCRIBED AS A TOKEN OF GRATITUDE FOR BENEFITS RECED. FROM THE ESTABLISHMENT OF MAIL COACHES, cypher J F below. Edge: Plain.
Extremely Fine. Some lustre remains. 8.7g. 27.7mm.
One of the Mail Coach tokens honoring John Palmer, the originator of mail coaches. The scrunched lettering on the reverse is notable for how it touches the wreath leaves. In fact, the T of ESTABLISHMENT almost goes off the edge! The initials JF belong to an unknown person, but the issuer was probably associated with an inn or booking office that owed a great deal to the Mail Coach and Palmer.