Augustus Cove, made this advertising token in the style of an 18th Century political Halfpenny Token, 27mm. in diameter, copper, with die axis upright.
Cove, a London dealer in china and glass, was criminally and unjustly treated by the Grand Junction Canal Company. The sorry tale began when Cove took a lease on a wharf at Paddington basin. What followed is told in Cove’s book which is advertised on this token medalet.
The second edition of the book ran to 185 pages.
Obverse: BEWARE OF THE GRAND JUNCTION CANAL COMP.Y SOME OF WHOSE FRAUD, OPPRESSION, PERJURY, FORGERY, & ROBBERY &Ca, ARE SET FORTH IN …Reverse: .AUGUSTUS COVE’S PUBLICATIONS. ENTITLED THE TOCSIN SOUNDED OR THE BULL TAKEN BY THE HORNS &c TO BE HAD OF THE BOOKSELLERS Lustrous AU+
It was made by using a screw press which was old technology at a time when tokens were made using Boulton & Watt’s steam driven press
Reference: Withers British Copper Tokens 1811-1820 page 239 which dates the events as 1812.