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Norwich Weaver Halfpenny D&H38

The obverse shows the Norwich coat of arms and the date 1792.
The reverse shows a weaver at work on a loom.
Edge inscription: "JOHN HARVEY OF NORWICH -XXXX-".
Engraver Wyon, maker Thompson.

Norfolk Norwich Weaver Halfpenny D&H38

In the year the token was made, John Harvey was the mayor of the city of Norwich, as well as co-owner of the Harvey and Hudson bank. He was commander of the Norwich Volunteer Cavalry Corps, and his portrait, painted by John Opay, hung on the walls of St. Andrew's Hall. Not far from Norwich, John Harvey built the magnificent Thorpe Lodge, where a few years later more than two thousand weavers erected a memorial plaque as a sign of respect. John Harvey seems to have been a silk-roller by profession.

John Harvey (1755–1842), Mayor of Norwich (1792), John Opie (1761–1807)
Norwich Civic Portrait Collection, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery