Obv: Man wearing cap and gown, holding small book in right hand, WYON in small letters above right elbow, JOHN HALES FOUNDED around. Rev: View of Gothic building, THE FREE SCHOOL COVENTRY around, ANNO 1545 in exergue. Edge: COVENTRY HALFPENNY PAYABLE BY JOHN NICKSON 1799 + +.
Uncirculated. Choice Red & brown. Sharp strike with lightest of scuff marks in obverse field. Lustre. Rare.
72 of these were struck in copper after the original obverse die broke. Nickson was a leather manufacturer and senior partner in the firm Nickson & Townsend. This is his private token as he was an avid coin collector. A Wyon and Kempson production.