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1812 AE Penny Token. Issued in Sheffield, North Yorkshire.
Obverse: FOR PUBLIC ACCOMODATION. Laureate and draped bust of George III facing right; SHEFFIELD in smaller letters below.
Reverse: ONE PENNY TOKEN. Britannia seated facing left holding olive branch and trident, shield at her side, small ship in background at her feet; in exergue, 1812.
Edge: Centre-grained.
Diameter: 34mm
Davis:120

This token appears to have been struck at Heaton's mint in Birmingham, as is indicated by a small H on George III's shoulder.

1812
On June 18th, the War of 1812 began between the United States and the British Empire.

On July 22nd, British forces led by Lord Wellington defeated French troops near Salamanca in Spain.

On August 19th, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigate Guerrière off the coast of Nova Scotia. It was in this battle that the Constitution earned the nickname "Old Ironsides" because the British shot was said to have bounced off her sides.

On October 13th, United States forces under General Stephen Van Rensselaer were repulsed from invading Canada by British and native troops led by Sir Isaac Brock at the Battle of Queenston Heights but Brock himself was killed during the engagement.

On December 20th, the first volume of Grimm's Fairy Tales was published.

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Lloyd  [Sep 13, 2013 at 08:25 PM]
I love these late portrayals of George. They seem to capture him at his erratic and insouciant best! Marvellous!
 

   

 
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