Obv: Distant view of Dudley castle, DUDLEY TOKEN above, JAMES in exergue. Rev: A Cat, 1796 below, MY FREEDOM I AMONG SLAVES ENJOY around. Edge: SPENCE X DEALER X IN X COINS X LONDON X.
Good Very Fine. Choice surfaces with nice color. Ex. Mermaid collection. Rare.
Known as the first socialist, Thomas Spence was a thorn in the side of the crown during his time. His shop, ‘The Hive of Liberty’, was the source of his publication, ‘Pig’s Meat, or Lessons for the Swinish Multitude, Collected by the Poor Man’s Advocate’. After he declared bankruptcy, he sold his dies to Peter Skidmore, who would proceed to mule his dies with others, creating a whole different take on Spence’s dies.