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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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 ..
Out of Stock
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
Hertfordshire Pirton John Farmer Halfpenny 1668
Brass 22mm A tobacco roll W147 About very fine ..
£125.00
London,St Giles in the Fields,E.B., "At the Black Boy" ,farthing.
Copper 18mm A black boy holding a club W2482 Very fine ..
£160.00
Durham Barnard Castle Matthias Sowerby Halfpenny 1666
Brass 20mm. Bust of Charles II facing left. W12. About extremely fine Charles Dic..
Out of Stock
Oxfordshire, Burford.John Sindriy.farthing 1653
Copper 14mm. Grocers Arms. Very fine W52   ..
£50.00
Southwark Bank End Halfpenny of Anthony Craven
20mm Brass halfpenny token issued by Anthony Craven,circa 1660. Castle.Rev: initials ABC (the..
Out of Stock
Kent Faversham Francis Waterman Farthing
15mm copper token Mercers Arms Very fine W277   ..
£40.00
Suffolk,Debenham,Augustin Cullyer,Fathing 1666
Copper 15mm. W108 Very fine. ..
£90.00
London ,White Hart Yard,Humphrey Vaughan,Halfpenny 1666
Bronze 18mm Halfpenny token. Man carrying a sack. W 3494 Good Fine. ..
£150.00
Kent Smarden Thomas Hinckly Halfpenny 1669
Copper 22mm A gate W528 Good fine   ..
£110.00
London,St Giles in the Fields,I.W.,"The Tallow Chandler"farthing
Brass 18mm Tallow Chandler W2493 Very fine ..
Out of Stock
Lancashire Wigan Matthew Markland Farthing 1664
copper 15mm Farthing Tallowchanders Arms.Reverse initials MGM. W143 Very fine. ni..
£675.00