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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Kent Milton-Next-Gravesend William Kemster Halfpenny 1668
19mm Copper heart-shape halfpenny issued by William Kemster in 1668. Bunches of grapes. W..
£295.00
Oxford,Thomas Dennis,farthing.1652,"At the 3 Kings"
Brass 14mm, 3 Kings. About very fine. W133 ..
Out of Stock
London Cheapside Edward Jarvis Penny
22mm Brass Penny token issued by Edward Jarvis of Cheapside Market,circa 1667. St George & th..
Out of Stock
Suffolk Bury St Edmunds Marie Cressener Farthing
16mm copper token. Mortar & pestle About very fine. W50 ..
Out of Stock
Sussex,Lewes,Ambrose Galloway,Farthing,1667
Copper 15mm. W112 Good fine. ..
£60.00
London,Shire Lane,John Parret,Halfpenny 1667
Copper 20m halfpenny token. Sword & Buckler. W2781 About very fine Probably a..
Out of Stock
London Holborn William Whetson Farthing 1653
Copper 18mm Farthing Black Boy holding a club. W1482 Fine ..
£80.00
London,St Giles in the Fields,Robert Starky,halfpenny.
Brass 22mm A dog W2507 Very fine,edge flaw. ..
£195.00
Sussex Chichester Robert Wihither Halfpenny 1669
Brass 18mm,Heart shape hafpenny issued by Robert Wihither in 1669. Butchers Arms. W70. ..
£375.00
Oxford,Richard Ely,farthing,"At the 3 Sammon"
copper 14mm. 3 Salmon. Very fine. W134 ..
Out of Stock
Durham Barnard Castle Thomas Bull Halfpenny 1666
20mm Bronze halfpenny issued by Thomas Bull in 1666. Bust of Charles II facing left. W 3 ..
£90.00
Suffolk Debenham Augustine Cullyer Farthing 1666
17mm copper token Very fine,green patina. W108 ..
£85.00
Sussex,Shoreham,Richard Glyd,Farthing.
Copper 15mm A Griffin W161 Fine   ..
£150.00
London, Stable Yard,At the White Horse,Farthing.
15mm copper Farthing token. A horse.Rev: Initials I.I.N. W2940 Good Very fine. Stable Ya..
Out of Stock
Southwark St Saviours Dock George Kerington Farthing
Copper 18mm. Bakers Arms. W377 Very fine   ..
Out of Stock