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When contemplating life in 17th-century England, it’s simple to conjure up a sure romantic picture.
And it was, no less than for the rich, a few of whom idled away time on the tavern, tossing again ale whereas holding forth on the political subjects of the day.
One such place that performed hosts to those convivial confabs was the Mermaid Tavern, on Bread Road, east of St. Paul’s Cathedral, within the metropolis of London.
The tavern additionally occurs to have issued tokens, an instance of which is being provided at public sale, on-line, Nov. 17 by Dix Noonan Webb of London.
The token is from a set of British tokens shaped by John Rose, which options practically 500 a lot of the items, spanning 300 years and overlaying all corners of the UK.
The Rose Assortment is broad in its scope, however understandably London-centric, and notably so for the 17th century collection, which remained his chief focus all through his accumulating years, in response to the agency.
The tavern halfpenny token is dated 1665, an auspicious date, for the constructing that housed the tavern could be destroyed the next yr throughout the Nice Hearth of London.
The token options an fascinating spelling, Mearmayd, and a positively charming picture of a mermaid, on the obverse.
The reverse identifies the placement of the tavern (Bread Road), the denomination (famous as 1/2) and the yr.
The Mermaid Tavern hosted the Friday Road Membership (often known as the Mermaid Membership), a literary society begun in 1603, supposedly by Sir Walter Raleigh, and attended by such writers as Ben Jonson, John Donne and William Shakespeare, although analysis suggests tales of Shakespeare’s attendance could also be apocryphal.
The token may be very uncommon, and in Very Positive situation, in response to the agency.
The token has a presale estimate of £150 to £200 ($195 to $261).
Consigned: 1665 halfpenny token from London
Situation: Very Positive
Public sale Location: On-line
Public sale Dates: Nov. 17, 2020
Particulars: Uncommon halfpenny token is from the Mermaid Tavern close to St. Paul’s Cathedral