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Palmer Halfpenny coin – recognising the achievements of the mail coaches (18th century)

A group of Bath businessmen, some coaching enthusiasts and the owners of some of the large coaching inns in London, issued a half-penny to recognise the achievements of John Palmer, the mail coach pioneer. It is engraved 'To J Palmer Esq. This is inscribed as a token of gratitude for benefits received from the establishment of mail coaches, JF.' The initials are probably those of James Fittler, who is also known to have engraved a portrait of Palmer.