English 17th Century Tokens

Tokens are essentially coins that represent a coin of the realm or are ‘good for’ a certain value of product. In this country they have normally been seen when the official currency is in such a neglected state that the private sector steps in to issue small change. As they cannot issue coin of the realm the coins they make to facilitate trade are termed as tokens in order to bypass any ‘forgery’ implications.

Some 20,000 different tokens were issued between 1649 and 1672 and almost every village and town in England Wales and Ireland are represented. In this section we also include tickets, passes checks, tallies and all form of tokens and other paranumismatic items.

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