17th Century Tradesmans Tokens

17th Century Tradesmans Tokens

17th Century tokens were the first genuine trade tokens to appear in this country. The failure of parliament to provide sufficient small denomination coinage drove desperate traders to issue their own. The inscriptions of these tokens commonly consist of the christian and surname of the issuer, his trade and occupation and the town or village in which he resided. Additionally, we often have the value, initials of the issuer and his wife, and a device or coat of arms.

The tokens were usually struck in copper or brass, the commonest denomination being farthings, followed by halfpennies and some pennies. The majority of tokens are round, but square, heart shaped, diamond shaped and octagonal tokens were made.

Generally not of great quality, in good condition they are becoming increasingly sought after and give a fascinating picture of the Civil War and Commonwealth period of Britain's history.

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London William Hall Farthing
Copper 18mm Head of a man wearing a hat.Rev: Orb surmounted by a cross,within double treasure..
Out of Stock
Oxfordshire,Bicester,Will Hudson,halfpenny 1669
Copper 18mm. Crossed axes. Very fine,pierced. W42   ..
£50.00
Oxfordshire,Bicester,John Warry,Heart Shaped,Halfpenny 1669
Copper 23mm. Thee pipes W45 ..
Out of Stock
Buckinghamshire High Wycombe Richard Lucas Farthing 1653
15mm Brass token. A lion holding a rod. Very fine W171   ..
£50.00
Berkshire,William Masmore,farthing 1653
Copper 15mm. Grocers Arms W154 Very fine   ..
£40.00
London Temple Bar Without, The Paulsgrave Head Farthing
Brass 17mm. Bust of the Palgrave.Rev:Initials I.D.R. W 3062 Very fine. This taver..
Out of Stock
Gloucestershire Wotton-Under-Edge Edward Wallington Farthing
Copper 18mm Mercers Arms W226a About very fine ..
Out of Stock
London,Parkers Lane,W.K.Whitcombe,farthing,1659
Copper 18mm Brewer W2186 Very fine ..
£230.00
Yorkshire Stokesley Farthing 1665
Brass 14mm. Bust of Charles II facing left.Rev:IN STOXLEY 1665. W347 About extremely ..
Out of Stock
Oxfordshire,Burford,Borough farthing 1669
Brass 16mm. Lion rampant Very fine,pierced W46.   ..
£50.00
Isle of Man,Douglas,John Murrey,penny,1668
Copper 20mm. W1 About Fine and extremely rare ..
£800.00
Wales Monmouth Richard Ballard Halfpenny 1668
20mm Brass halfpenny token issued by Richard Ballard in 1668. Bust of Charles II facing left...
Out of Stock
Hertfordshire Hitchin Henry Warner Farthing 1664
16mm copper token. Stick of candles Fine W125 ..
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Berkshire,Wantage,Richard Stamp,halfpenny,1669.
Copper 18mm Fleur de Lis W159 Fine- Very Fine ..
£75.00
London,Temple Bar Without, Ship Inn 1649
Brass 16mm. A ship in full sail.Rev:Initials W.M.S. W3066 Very fine ..
Out of Stock