The Token Book
Withers, P. & B. The Token Book, 17th, 18th and 19th Century Tokens and Their Values. Galata, 2010. Octavo, pp. 512, over 2,500 full colour illustrations. Casebound. This comprehensive survey begins with a 20 page introduction and a brief account of how to understand tokens, with a useful list of the standard reference works for each main type. Nearly 3500 17th century tokens have been listed, with Williamson/Dickinson ref. numbers, and prices for Fine condition. Over 2,500 of these are illustrated, including the most commonly found pieces, the most interesting, those that are heart-shaped, square, hexagonal or octagonal, and those depicting the tools and products of various trades and activities, inn signs, and the arms of the livery companies. For each county there are details of the token-issuing towns, cities and villages with the number of tokens they issued. Offering far more information and more illustrations than the Schwer guide, the18th century tokens are listed here with Dalton & Hamer references and all types are listed with edge varieties and prices for up to three grades. 19th century silver tokens have also been listed with Dalton & Hamer references with all types listed and prices for EF condition. All types have been listed for 19th century copper tokens with the relevant Withers references and prices for three grades. Evasion halfpennies and farthings have been listed with Atkins references and prices for fair or Fine condition. There is a select bibliography at the end of the book along with a detailed index with 2000 entries.