SCARCE MULTIPLICATION COIN. by [POCKET READY RECKONER.] KEMPSON, Peter.

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SCARCE MULTIPLICATION COIN. [obverse.] Multiplication Table. [1 to 6] P. Kempson, Birmingham, Published 1798. [reverse.] Multiplication Table. [7 to 12] P. Kempson, Birmingham, Published

1798. Bronze coloured medal, believed to be copper or brass, 39mm in diametre; multiplication tables displayed in rectangle, with decorations either side and legends around circumference; some light patination and darkening, more prominent on reverse, embossing smoothed in places with one date quite faded, extremities a little dinked, though overall quite good and bright. A scarce late 18th century arithmetical teaching aide-mémoire - a handy pocket ready reckoner, issued by Peter Kempson, the noted Birmingham coin and buttonmaker, and contemporary of Matthew Boulton. Made in the style of a calendar medal, of which several examples by Kempson can be found, the present medal presents two times tables charts, the first 1 to 6, with on the obverse 7 to 12.
Peter Kempson, (1755-1824), buttonmaker, later token manufacturer, St. Mary's Row, Birmingham, later Little Charles Street. Kempson was actively involved in the production of tokens from 1791 until 1799, and was one of the largest coin manufacturers of the day turning out more than 60 tons of "legitimate provincial coins" for various commissions.

Bibliography: We have so far located only one further example, at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

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