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 deperate 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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Suffolk Beccles Town Farthing 1670
18mm copper farthing issued by the town of Beccles in 1670. House,sheep-pen W5 Good v..
£65.00
London Queenhithe Bartholomew Fish Halfpenny 1667
20mm copper halfpenny token issued by Bartholomew Fish in 1667. 3 fishes. W. 2303 Abo..
Out of Stock
Suffolk Mildenhall Nathaniel Howlett Farthing 1667
16mm copper token Drapers Arms. Very fine W248 ..
£60.00
London,Saffron Hill,John Jones Penny 1672
24mm copper Penny token. W2440 Good very fine,some weakness in striking.  Saffron Hill..
Out of Stock
Yorkshire,Market Weighton, Nicholas Chappilow,farthing 1664
15mm copper token. Mercers Arms. W229 Good very fine,striking flaw on reverse. ..
Out of Stock
Berkshire Harwell John Hanson 1666
17mm brass farthing token issued by John Hanson in 1666. Rose.Rev:Initials. W33 Very fine ..
Out of Stock
Bedfordshire Biggleswade Overseers Halfpenny
19mm heart -shape copper token. Cripple.R.Spinning wheel. W21 Fine ..
£225.00
Middlesex,Shadwell,Benjamin Miller,halfpenny,1666.
20mm copper farthing token. Windmill. W187. Very fine,striking flaw. Benjamin Mil..
£575.00
London Aldersgate John Warner Halfpenny 1668
Copper 20mm halfpenny token Dolphin,bell. W60 Good very fine. ..
Out of Stock
Northamptonshire Towcester Halfpenny George Waple 1667
18mm copper halfpenny issed by George Waple in 1667. Mercers Arms. W169 Good fine. ..
£50.00
Bedfordshire Luton John Rowley Farthing 1657
16mm copper token. Initials.Rev 1657. W73 Good fine. ..
£70.00
Middlesex,Shadwell,Tho.Cooke,At Morocka Head,Halfpenny,1665
18mm halfpenny token. A Turks head. W174 Very fine The Morocco Head Coffee H..
Out of Stock
Durham Ralph Nicholson Farthing
Bust of Charles II " GOD SAVE THE KING" W35 Extremely fine,attractive green patina. ..
£250.00
Southwark St Georges Church Hugh Ley at the White Swan
21mm Brass  heart shaped Hafpenny token issued by Hugh Ley. A swan. W354 About v..
Out of Stock
Derbyshire Derby William Dawson Halfpenny 1669
Copper 20mm tradesmans token Dyers Arms. W59 About very fine ..
£65.00