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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Bedfordshire Luton John Rowley Farthing 1657
16mm copper token. Initials.Rev 1657. W73 Good fine. ..
£70.00
Berkshire,Wantage,William Masmore,farthing 1653
Copper 15mm. Grocers Arms W154 Very fine   ..
£40.00
Ireland Dublin Halfpenny of Mic Wilson 1672
18mm brass halfpenny token issued by Mic Wilson 1672. Butchers Arms.Rev:St George & the D..
£35.00
London Bloomsbury,Edward Smith,farthing
Copper 17mm A bull W361 Good fine,flatly struck. ..
£150.00
London Chancery Lane,Henry Redman,halfpenny 1666
Copper Half length figure of the Pope. About very fine W520 ..
£95.00
London Chiswell Street John Thomlinson Halfpenny 1667
Brass 20mm Robin Hood & Little John Very fine,creased W630 ..
£120.00
London Drury Lane,John Eldridge,1667,At Ye Bird and Crown
Copper 18mm Bird and crown depicted. Good fine. W866 ..
£90.00
London Fetter Lane,Robert Redway,Halfpenny
Brass 19mm Lion depicted. About VF W1019 ..
£110.00
London Fetter Lane,Robert Redway,halfpenny
Brass. Lion. About very fine. W1019.   ..
£110.00
London Grays Inn Gate (Holborn),George Yard,C.T.halfpenny
Brass 18mm Kings bust full face. About very fine W1233   ..
£160.00
London Grays Inn Gate,Holborn,C.T.,halfpenny
Brass. Kings but,full face. Very fine W1233. ..
£160.00
London Holborn William Whetson Farthing 1653
Copper 18mm Farthing Black Boy holding a club. W1482 Fine ..
£80.00
London Holborn,William Whetson,farthing, Black Boy,1653
Copper 15mm Black boy holding a club. Good fine W1482 ..
£50.00
London Old Fish Street,Nicolas Tompson,farthing
Brass. Unicorn Very fine. W2146a ..
£190.00
London Parkers Lane,W.K.Whitcombe,farthing,1659
Copper 18mm Brewer W2186 Very fine ..
£230.00