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    Thomas Paine: A Group of Three Scarce c. 1796 Satirical Political Items. Listed by Sullivan as 1796-1, 1796-2, and a variant of 1796-3. The first two depict Paine hanging from a scaffold encircled by the play on words "End of Pain." 1796-1 has an open book on reverse, reading "The wrongs of man Jan. 21: 1793." 1796-2 has a reverse reading, "May the Knave of Jacobin clubs never get a trick." 1796-3 features three men dancing around a pole displaying Paine's severed head, with the slogan "Tree of Liberty." The reverse is similar to the one described by Sullivan (he did not picture an example): A scene of Cain slaying Abel with the inscription "The Beginning of Oppression." However, Sullivan states that the inscription says "Cain and Abel; The Beginning of Oppression." The first two have plain edges, while the third has incused lettering, "Spence Dealer in Coins London." Condition: 1796-1 VF, 1796-2 VF, 1796-3 virtually uncirculated with rich light chocolate brown patina.

    These issues were produced in Britain, part of a vast array of satirical and advertising pieces known as condor tokens. These were struck in England and mainly distributed there, but certain varieties of interest to Americans, such as those pertaining to Thomas Paine, were also sold here. From the Merrill C. Berman Collection.


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    February, 2015
    28th Saturday
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