1800 Monopolizer 1p
MS64 BN [NGC]
Middlesex-Political D&H-239 variety, Plain Edge.
One of the most striking designs in the Conder (or any other) series, and rich in symbolism too.
This is a half dollar-sized copper piece bearing an alarming obverse portrait of an apparently very large man in a tight-fitting hat adorned with the devil and the word POSSESSION shoving the entire earth into his mouth (in a scene reminiscent of lunch in the dealer break room at any coin show).
With the poignant obverse legend THE UNCHARITABLE MONOPOLIZER WILL STARVE THE POOR, and TAKE NOT WHAT WAS MEANT FOR ALL.
The reverse, on the other hand, presents the upbeat image of a hand distributing (unslabbed) coins surrounded by THE CHARITABLE HAND and COME ALL YE DISTRESSED.
The piece itself is quite stunning, with deeply proof-like surfaces and a look that suggests PF65 more than MS64 to us.
This coin is from the CRO archives and is not currently available for sale.
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