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,Richard Stamp,halfpenny,1669.
Copper 18mm Fleur de Lis W159 Fine- Very Fine ..
£75.00
Berkshire,William Masmore,farthing 1653
Copper 15mm. Grocers Arms W154 Very fine   ..
£40.00
Buckinghamshire High Wycombe Richard Lucas Farthing 1653
15mm Brass token. A lion holding a rod. Very fine W171   ..
£50.00
Durham Ralph Nicholson Farthing
Bust of Charles II " GOD SAVE THE KING" W35 Extremely fine,attractive green patina. ..
£250.00
George III & Charlotte,Coronation 1760
Silver 34mm Bust of George IIi.Rev: Britannia crowning king. Good fine. BHM 23a A crude ..
£190.00
Hertfordshire Barley Pharoh Old Halfpenny 1670
Swan About extremely fine,attractive green patina. W19 ..
£280.00
Hertfordshire Pirton John Farmer Halfpenny 1668
Brass 22mm A tobacco roll W147 About very fine ..
£125.00
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
Kent Faversham Francis Waterman Farthing
15mm copper token Mercers Arms Very fine W277   ..
£40.00
Kent Smarden Thomas Hinckly Halfpenny 1669
Copper 22mm A gate W528 Good fine   ..
£110.00
London Chiswell Street John Thomlinson Halfpenny 1667
Brass 20mm Robin Hood & Little John Very fine,creased W630 ..
£120.00
London Holborn William Whetson Farthing 1653
Copper 18mm Farthing Black Boy holding a club. W1482 Fine ..
£80.00
London, Chancery Lane,Henry Redman,halfpenny 1666
Copper Half length figure of the Pope. About very fine W520 ..
£95.00
London,Bloomsbury,Edward Smith,farthing
Copper 17mm A bull W361 Good fine,flatly struck. ..
£150.00