Because of the shortage of small change in 1811-1812 merchants issued silver tokens with the denominations of Sixpences and Shillings. These private tokens are not only more interesting than the normal coins that would have been struck. But, they are much scarcer and more difficult to find than the coins. The designs vary and you might well find one from a locality that means something to you, but that we cannot guarantee. These Sterling Silver Shilling tokens are in Very Fine condition and well worth having.
Because of the shortage of small change in 1811-1812 merchants issued silver tokens with the denominations of Sixpences and Shillings. To be honest these private tokens are not only more interesting than the normal coins that would have been struck. But, they are much scarcer and more difficult to find than the coins. The designs vary and you might well find one from a locality that means something to you, but that I cannot guarantee. It has been some time since we last had these scarce tokens to offer our collectors when we did offer them, they quickly sold out. These Sterling Silver Sixpence tokens are in Very Fine condition and well worth having.
Hampshire, Southampton, Taylor & Moody Halfpenny Token, 1791 Obverse: Helmeted bust to right Reverse: Shield of Arms, 1791 Edge: PAYABLE AT THE OFFICE OF W. TAYLOR R.V. MOODY & CO Uncirculated (D&H 89)
Hop Pickers Token. The cultivation of hops was a popular industry and it employed labour for almost all the year. At the peak of the picking season many thousands of pickers were required and these mostly came from London’s East End for a “holiday” with work and pay and were known as “furiners”. Payment for picking was arranged using these hop-tokens mostly made from lead and white metal and produced by the local blacksmith. The number “1” shows the number of bushels picked and the initials “J S” are those of the issuer James Smith of Place Farm, Icklesham, Sussex. The tokens were passed as money between the pickers themselves, and were also accepted by the shops and inns in the locality, who were assured that the tokens would be redeemed later by the growers who issued them.
In 1977 Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Silver Jubilee 1952-1977. She visited Lundy and a souvenir sheet was issued to honour that event. We have been offering that souvenir sheet with the two coin-tokens of a Puffin and a Half Puffin. Based on the first Lundy coin-tokens issued in 1929. At that time the Government took umbrage and the man who made them had to go to court. Many of our collectors want the coin-tokens, but do not want the souvenir sheet. They are struck in copper and are in brilliant Proof condition. Well worth adding to your collection, after all how many Lundy issues have there been?
Suffolk, Bury Penny Token, 1794 Obverse: Bust to left in cocked hat Reverse: Figure of Fame standing between implements of war Edge: VALUE OF ONE PENNY AT P. DECKS POST OFFICE BURY 1794. Good Extremely Fine (D&H 4)
Most of you are not old enough to remember using tokens on busses, trams and trains. So here is your chance to own three different ones in uncirculated condition. These were put aside years ago. National Transport token for ‘3’ struck with a hole in the centre, Dunedin Tram Transport 1d 8 sided and Carlisle Bus Token for 2p. Three pieces of British transportation history, but we only have 95 sets, so best to get in quickly. All 3 tokens are struck in aluminium.
We bought a small group of 17th Century Farthing tokens in copper a while ago and we have started listing them by place of issue Here we present the Taunton Token in VG to Fine condition. The price is most reasonable given it is now over 300 years old! Remember, in the 17th Century a farthing would have paid for your boat crossing of the River Thames.
Warwickshire, Birmingham, Union Copper Company, Penny, 1812. Obverse: Clasped hands above date in centre circle, legend around, beaded border. Reverse: Legend on three lines in centre circle. Lettering around PAYABLE IN CASH NOTES. Good Very Fine. Davis 173