Great Britain 1794 Halfpenny Conder Token, Sussex, Chichester, John Howard Philanthropist-Sun and Moon DH-19 MS62BN PCGS. Obv. Left-facing portrait JOHN HOWARD F * R * S * PHILANTHROPIST. Rev. Building surmounted by a half-moon and sun atop, HALF PENNY on sides. Around, CHICHESTER AND PORTSMOUTH, 1794 in exergue. Edge: PAYABLE AT SHARPS PORTSMOUTH AND CALDECOTTS CHICHESTER. A small die crack runs into the left field from the R of WARD. Lovely color, and deserving of a finer grade in our opinion, despite minor planchet roughness above CHICHESTER. PCGS Population: 1 in 62BN, 3 finer (10/2019).
Background: John Howard (1726–1790) was a prison reformer who was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1756. Howard spent decades traveling to several hundred prisons and campaigning for better conditions for prisoners. He himself was briefly held captive by the French when the ship on which he was sailing was commandeered in 1755.