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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Suffolk Beccles Town Farthing 1670
18mm copper farthing issued by the town of Beccles in 1670. House,sheep-pen W5 Good v..
£65.00
Oxford,Edward Hunt,farthing, "At the Turle Gate"
Copper 14mm. Good very fine. W146.   ..
Out of Stock
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,Bloomsbury,halfpenny,Thomas Chapman,1664
Copper 18mm. A crown, W356 Very fine. ..
£250.00
London,Saffron Hill,John Jones Penny 1672
24mm copper Penny token. W2440 Good very fine,some weakness in striking.  Saffron Hill..
Out of Stock
Surrey Croydon Charles & Margery Seale Halfpenny 1667
Copper 22mm W45 About very fine. Unusual for being a husband and wife issuer   ..
Out of Stock
Oxfordshire,Burford,Iohn Knight,Farthing 1656
Copper 18mm. Eagle & Child. Fine W35 ..
£65.00
Yorkshire,Market Weighton, Nicholas Chappilow,farthing 1664
15mm copper token. Mercers Arms. W229 Good very fine,striking flaw on reverse. ..
Out of Stock
Oxford,Nich Orum,farthing,fishmonger,1659.
Brass 14mm. Lobster. About extremely fine. W158.   ..
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 ..
Out of Stock
London,Bloomsbury,Andrew Pashley,"At Ye Bull & Mouth".halfpenny
Brass 22mm. A bull and mouth. W360 Very fine ..
Out of Stock
Middlesex,Shadwell,Benjamin Miller,halfpenny,1666.
20mm copper farthing token. Windmill. W187. Very fine,striking flaw. Benjamin Mil..
£575.00
Sussex  Chichester Edward Hitchcocke Farthing
Brass 18mm Grocers Arms W50 About very fine     ..
£65.00