||1795 1/2P Washington Grate Halfpenny, Large Buttons, Lettered Edge VF35 NGC. Baker-29, W-10990, R.6. Part of the Conder tokens, Grate halfpennies were produced in quantity as advertisement for the Clark & Harris firm in London, dealers in stoves and fireplace grates. Most pieces, however, are of the reeded edge variety, and the lettered edge variant is rare. Interestingly, the few examples that are known, are primarily in AU or Mint State grades, and this is the only piece certified below AU50 (4/14). Light wear is seen across both sides, but the medium brown surfaces are remarkably free of environmental impairments, and the remaining detail is excellent for the grade. Ex: A.H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd.; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $411.25. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.