Q David Bowers on the Unsurpassed Beauty of the Myddelton Token

The 1796 British Settlement in Kentucky token, popularly called the Myddelton token, was struck in England but refers to the United States.

Myddelton tokenIn 1796 in England, Philip Parry Price, either surnamed Myddelton or from Myddelton, planned a real estate promotion whereby British citizens were to purchase tracts of land in Kentucky. To further this ambition, he commissioned the Soho Mint, a private enterprise operated by Matthew Boulton and James Watt in Birmingham, to create an appropriate token or medalet. Most likely, these pieces were produced primarily for the numismatic trade, rather than prospective customers for land. Today, several dozen examples exist in silver (primarily) and copper, all with a Proof finish.

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