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Swansea, Mathew Davies 1666 halfpenny N6397


Obv: (cinquefoil)(rosette)MATHEW(rosette)DAVIES(rosette)IN(rosette) , around twisted wire inner circle, Mercer's Arms within.
Rev: (cinquefoil)SWANZEA.MERCER(rosette)1666: , around twisted wire inner circle, HIS HALFE PENY in three lines with (rosette)(ten pointed mullet)(rosette) below.
Maximum diameter: 20.6mm. Weight: 1.02 grams.
M. Dickinson 71. Boon 106a. Dies as Norweb 6397.

Mathew Davies, mercer, was an active supporter of Oliver Cromwell. He became the town alderman in 1650 and portreeve in 1651. Deprived of his aldermanic status at the Restoration in 1660, he subsequently served a further term in 1678.

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