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London Elephant Token obverse - LON DON reverse      London Elephant Token - LON DON reverse

  
LONDON ELEPHANT TOKEN -
Thick Planchet,
LON DON reverse

Notes:
As of May 2001, PCGS had graded only two examples of this variety

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp and Coin

Recent appearances:
PCGS VF-20 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Stamp and Coin "Pre-Long Beach Sale" September 19-21, 1999, Lot 307, "Breen-190 Rarity 7- PCGS graded Very Fine-20.  Variety with LON DON, the so-called "godless" variety.  However, the obverse (elephant side) is from a different die than the one shown in Breen.  The tusks are well away from the rim and other details are clearly different.  The Garrett and Norweb sales did not contain a similar muling, and a cursory check of other significant sales did not turn up an example."
- Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 26 at $1,840.00, "PCGS VF-20...The central reverse has traces of undertype, as often seen, from the host coin used to strike these."

PCGS VF-20.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 12, "LON DON variety, Breen-10, Hodder 2-D", illustrated, sold for $2,185.00

PCGS Fine-12 (illustrated below).  Ex - Early American History Auctions, Inc.'s Mail Bid Sale, June 9, 2001, Lot 1230, where it was described as follows: "(1694) London Elephant Halfpenny Token, "Godless" LON DON variety, PCGS graded Fine-12.  Breen 190, where the variety is called "Very Rare" (we'd be surprised if as many as twenty were known). Pleasing, unimpaired surfaces. Toned a light to medium brown, with some darker shades adhering near the devices. For some reason, this variety is almost always found in lower grades, yet few are as nicely preserved as this one. Certain to create some bidding excitement as this example is only the second of it's rare variety to be certified to date by PCGS and subsequently, it is the Second Finest Certified."

Sources and/or recommended reading:

Obverse of (1694) Elephant Token, Thin Planchet, LON DON reverse     Reverse of (1694) Elephant Token, Thin Planchet, LON DON reverse

Images courtesy of Early American History Auctions, Inc.