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
Essex Coggeshall Benjamin Samson Farthing 1665
Bronze 16mm Samson holding a jawbone W85 Very fine   ..
£45.00
Essex Colchester Matthew Bonney Halfpenny 1665
Bronze 18mm Bakers Arms W96 Very fine ..
£45.00
Essex Colchester Thomas Carter Farthing 1667
Bronze 16mm W101 Very fine ..
£35.00
Essex Colchester William Aldred Farthing
Bronze 16mm Unicorn depicted W90 About very fine ..
£35.00
Essex Springfield Jasper Eve Halfpenny 1669
Brass 20mm Fruiterers Arms (Adam & Eve) W291 About very fine ..
£50.00
Essex Witham George Robinson Farthing 1669
Bronze 16mm A still depicted W351 Very fine ..
£30.00
Hampshire Andover Town Issue Farthing 1666
Brass 16mm Town Arms/Cripple W.14 Very Fine ..
£40.00
Hampshire Bishops Waltham Thomas Penford Halfpenny 1666
Bronze 19mm Grocers Arms W46 Very fine ..
£50.00
Hampshire Portsmouth John Patten Farthing 1667
Brass 17mm W154 Very fine ..
£35.00
Hampshire Romsey John Puckridge Halfpenny 1667
Brass  20mm W177 Good very fine ..
£50.00
Hampshire Winchester City Halfpenny 1669
Brass 21mm City Arms W211 Very fine ..
£50.00
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
Brass 16mm Mercers Arms W277 About very fine ..
£30.00