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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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
Oxfordshire,Bicester,Iohn Borrows,farthing.
Copper 18mm IRONMONGER Good fine W37 ..
£70.00
London Aldersgate John Warner Halfpenny 1668
Copper 20mm halfpenny token Dolphin,bell. W60 Good very fine. ..
Out of Stock
Oxford,John Tey,farthing,"At the Angel"
Copper 14mm Angel. About very fine W172   ..
£40.00
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
London,Bloomsbury,Edward Smith,farthing
Copper 17mm A bull W361 Good fine,flatly struck. ..
£150.00
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
Oxfordshire,Banbury,Thomas Sutton,halfpenny 1666
Copper 18mm. A reindeer. W23 About very fine ..
£60.00
Oxfordshire,Bicester,Thomas Burges,farthing 1665
Copper 18mm Pewterers Arms About extremely fine. W38 ..
£95.00
Durham Ralph Nicholson Farthing
Bust of Charles II " GOD SAVE THE KING" W35 Extremely fine,attractive green patina. ..
£250.00