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Paine, Thomas British "Conder" halfpenny token expressing anger against Thomas Paine

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06303 Author/Creator: Paine, Thomas Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: 1794? ca. Pagination: 1 metal token ; height 2.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Recto: "End of Pain" [sic] with depiction of a figure hanging from a scaffold. Verso: "May the knave of Jacobin clubs never get a trick."

People: Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PoliticsGlobal History and CivicsForeign AffairsCoins and CurrencyFrench RevolutionJournalism

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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