British Copper Tokens 1811-1820
Withers, P. & B. British Copper Tokens 1811-1820. 1999. 264 pages, comprehensively illustrated throughout. Casebound. Tokens of the early 19th century are inextricably tied up with the economy and history of the times in which they were produced. If you have an imagination, if you are moved by history or by the archaeology of the industrial revolution you will find them fascinating and their study rewarding. It was the demand for second hand copies of Davis’ well known reference, ‘The Nineteenth Century Token Coinage’ which bought about this publication. Originally setting out to simply reprint Davis’ work it became apparent to the authors that numerous corrections and revisions were needed. Thus, the idea to reprint became a resolve to revise and then a decision to re-write completely, illustrating fully, and adding ‘new’ information that had previously not been published. As such, this volume is now considerably larger and more detailed than Davis’ original work. It focuses on the copper tokens issued in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, dated 1811-17 in the case of the mainland and 1800-34 for Ireland and the Isle of Man. Included are copper sixpences, threepences, twopences, pennies, halfpennies and farthings, and a ‘one pint’ token. Those pieces that have no denomination expressed or no date, but have similar diameters and weights or styles to those that do, are also included, providing that in the authors’ opinion, they were issued with the intent of fulfilling a monetary purpose during the time period mentioned above.