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.