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A 17th Century Tradesman's Token

A 17th century base metal trade token halfpenny.

These tokens were given in small change by shops, inns, taverns, ale-houses and all manner of small tradespeople because of the severe lack or absence of legal tender halfpennies and farthings. They normally carry the name or initials of the trader, his street address and an emblem of his trade or his shop-sign.

Though illegal, they were produced and circulated in all parts of England. Nowadays they provide a colourful glimpse into everyday street life in the middle of the 17th century, especially where street names are the same today. Many were naturally issued in very small quantities and the rarities are highly sought-after.

Obv. ROBERT STONIER AT Ye KINGS BENCH IN

Rev. SOVTHWARKE HIS HALFE PENNY 1669

The Boyne & Williamson number is 283.

The token is in Fine (F)condition.


Last modified by Alan Stanier on 7 April 2003