Great Britain 1794 Halfpenny Token, Kent, Dover, Cinque Ports DH-16 MS65BN PCGS. Obv. Bust right, THE R. HON. W. PITT LORD WARDEN CINQUE PORTS. Rev. Arms of Dover. 1794. CINQUE PORTS TOKEN PAYABLE AT DOVER : Edge: AT HORN’S LIBRARY. This lovely Gem offers beautiful blue patina with muted red remaining in the letter/device outlines. PCGS Population: 2 in 65BN, 0 finer, but this is by the nicer of the pair (both on CoinFacts) (10/2019).
Background: The confederation of Cinque Ports dates back further to Anglo-Saxon England, but the Norman French term “cinque ports” or “five ports” was in use by 1100. The towns of Dover, Hastings, Hythe, New Romney (later Rye), and Sandwich maintained ships in their harbors to come to the ready defense of the King. Today the term is strictly ceremonial in nature. William Pitt the Younger was Lord Warden from 1792 to 1806. Dover remains an active port today, but the others have fallen victim to time and tide.