Obv: View of Ludgate, LUDGATE AS ENLARGE’D & C MCCCCLIIII around, TAKEN DOWN MDCCLXVI in exergue. Rev: Figure of Justice standing, BRITISH PENNY TOKEN around on raised rim, 1797 below. Edge: Plain.
Uncirculated. Some red remaining. Penny.
Ludgate was one of the most ancient gates of London, and probably named after King Lud, who predates the Christian era in England. It was damaged in the Great Fire of 1666, and was torn down in 1760. The statues of King Lud and Queen Elizabeth were placed in different locations after demolition.