Lot 639 : Sold for £420 hammer

Estimate £50-£80

A 1902 Edward VII penny defaced with the words Votes for Women, stamped across the Kings head It is believed that the first defaced coins with 'Votes for Women' were in circulation circa 1913. Mutilating coins was one of the methods used by the suffragettes to spread their message to a wider audience - using a small denomination such as a penny was likely to be used by all of society but was equally rarely recalled by the banks and so would have been in relative constant circulation.

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