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Petersfield Halfpenny D&H48

Hampshire Petersfield Halfpenny
A mounted dragoon with drawn sword / A stork on a tuft of marshy grass
Dalton & Hamer: 48

The obverse depicts a dragoon on horseback with a drawn sword.
The reverse side depicts a stork on a bunch of marsh grass.
The edge is presented in two versions:
1. Ribbed
Stamp engraver Wyon, manufacturer Kempson (Wyon), issued 10 cwts (1 cwts = 100 lb = 45.359237 kg).
The release of these tokens was intended for three merchants from Petersfield enterprises. In 1860, the name of the watchmaker Henry Eames was known in the city, and the names of the other two merchants, Holland and Andrews, disappeared. Petersfield, an old market town between Winchester and Portsmouth, was founded in the 12th century by William Fitz Robert (1116 - 1183), the second Earl of Gloucester. Since the reign of Edward I (Edward I 1239 - 1307) the city had its seats in the Parliament. Freeholders of land or owners of old residential buildings or ruins built within the boundaries of the old city had the right to vote. At the time of the issuance of these tokens, all listed property belonged to one person and the appointment of members of Parliament was entirely up to him. In 1415, King Henry V (Henry V 1387 - 1422) exempted the townspeople from paying taxes and fees. Due to its location on the major road from Portsmouth to London, the city received a lot of profit from passing travelers, sheep breeding, leather and textiles. A weekly market was held in the city square for the sale of sheep, horses and cattle, and twice a year, in June on the feast of Peter and Paul and in November on the feast of St. Andrew the First-Called, large fairs were held.