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Obverse - A repulsive monster with a human head, wings and a forked tail flying to the left carries a flag displaying a royal crown upon an ermine field with a Cap of Liberty on the staff. Three of her brood suckle at her six breasts while a forth flies ahead carrying a sword in one hand and a lighted torch in the other. One of hte feeding young holds a label inscribed: FACTION



Reverse - A snake in long grass basks in the rays of the sun.

Legend- NOURISHED TO TORMENT with JULY 14. 1791 in two lines in the exergue.


Edge - Plain


Notes - Struck in copper and white metal. Both are scarce. Diesinker and manufacturer, Hancock of Birmingham. Purchased from Spink with a note ( Noble auction Lot 948 ). Tough to find in decent condition. This one, a Nice EF is better than most. July 14th 1791 refers to second anniversary of the storming of the Bastille in Paris.

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Superb - it'd be great to know who designed this, who's head was placed on the dragon, and what might be their interpretations of the symoblogy. The dragon must be Louis XVI, yes? Given that this was done in the thick of the French Revolution, this could have been made by many factions. Or was this simply an English mockery of the event?



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Here I was, reading your obverse details and thinking to myself-


"Holy Smokes, CD bought a Hoot-Conder!" 893whatthe.gif




If only I were so good looking... 893scratchchin-thumb.gif


Hoot insane.gif

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