Great Britain, Conder Token, Thomas Paine, End of Pain - The
Wrongs of Man
A token coin of great historical significance. Firstly
some backround information:
Thomas Paine, known as the Godfather of the American Revolution
who, Curtis P. Nettels of Cornell University, in The Roots
of American Civilization (1946) stigmatizes as a "restless
English adventurer in radicalism and idealism," and
credits Common Sense, the most important single piece of
literature for independence in the arsenal of the radicals
of 1776, as having been "written in a rough, vigorous,
flamboyant style that drove home with fierce blows the necessity
of independence." is apparently the person whom the
British government directed this incredibly historical condor
The "End of Pain" symbolizing the hanging of
this great revolutionary and characterizing his book "The
Rights of Man" with "The Wrongs of Man" shown
on the reverse of the coin. After the American Revolution,
Paine traveled to France seeking continued support for the
new America. In July 1791 Paine was a prime mover in the
organization of the Republican Society which aimed at the
overthrow of monarchy and establishment of a French Republic.
At the time, many who were later to become Jacobins were
still hesitant about advocating the abolition of monarchy,
but the Republican Society placarded Paris with a manifesto
written by Paine demanding the abdication of the king and
elimination of the office.
In November of the same year, back in London, Paine was
guest of honor at the annual dinner of the Revolution Society
formed to commemorate the English Revolution of 1688. There
he made a speech toasting "The Revolution of the World"
- the first man to raise that slogan, according to some
historians. His remarks were noted and added to the dossier
of the British government's preparations to arrest him for
Part II of The Rights of Man was a continuation of the
attack on monarchy and aristocracy, and was dedicated to
Lafayette. Its publication early in 1792 evoked a veritable
lynch campaign against Paine in England. Burke's supporters
instigated public protest meetings, book-burnings of The
Rights of Man, and the distribution of medallions bearing
slogans like "The End of Pain," "The Wrongs
of Man," and "We dance; Paine swings." Paine's
publisher was arrested for printing seditious literature,
and the legal sale of the book was stopped by royal proclamation.
Black market sales continued however. . Paine fought the
attack on his writings, distributing free copies of The
Rights of Man and encouraging his supporters to stand up
for his ideas at meetings called to incite feeling against
Thomas Paine, hero of freedom, revolution and of America
gave everything to the cause of freedom and liberty seekers
everywhere, died at June 8, 1809 at his home at 59 Grove
St, New York City.
Here for a great historical memento of one of America's
founders, in very good - fine condition. Nice original surfaces.
A treasure for the collector, numismatist, investor.
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