An Enigmatic Commonwealth Farthing – Tracing Edward Rowland’s Patterns of 1652 – Gary Oddie

This note presents a farthing with the legends PITTY THE POOR 1652 / SVCH GOD LOVES ER (Williamson Uncertain 76, Peck 369). Contemporary documents confirm that this is a pattern issued by Edward Rowland to support a petition to Parliament to issue a base metal token coinage. Edward Rowland is identified as a wealthy goldsmith, with premises close to Blossom’s lane that were destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s