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Birmingham Mining & Copper Company Halfpenny Token Very Fine_obv

Birmingham Mining & Copper Company Halfpenny Token Very Fine

Another interesting and attractive 18th-century copper token for our growing band of collectors. This time from Warwickshire, issued by the Birmingham Mining & Copper Company between 1791-94. The company was set up in 1790, after the failure of various other ventures, to provide the huge industrial centre of Birmingham with its own copper smelters and to attempt to counter the dominance of the Anglesey and Cornish mining interests. These lovely tokens feature a female figure seated on a rock holding fasces (a bundle of wooden rods and an axe bound together by leather straps which was a symbol in ancient times of power and authority) with the legend BIRMIGHAM MINING AND COPPER COMPANY with the date below. The reverse features a stork standing on a cornucopiae with the legend HALFPENNY PAYABLE AT. The edge inscription states the locations at which these tokens were redeemable Birmingham, Redruth, Swansea, Bangor, Reading, Liverpool or London.
£39.50
Picture of Birmingham Workhouse 6d Token, 1812. NEF

Birmingham Workhouse 6d Token, 1812. NEF

Warwickshire, Birmingham Workhouse 6d Token, 1812 (D22) Near Extremely Fine
£69.50
Picture of British Silver Shilling Token

British Silver Shilling Token

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. The price is for one token selected from the available group.
£54.50
Picture of British Silver Sixpence Token

British Silver Sixpence Token

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.
£42.50
Charles Roe / Macclesfield Halfpenny Token Very Fine_obv

Charles Roe / Macclesfield Halfpenny Token Very Fine

We have a Token featuring one of the great industrialists of the time, Charles Roe. Originally from Castleton, Derbyshire, he settled in Macclesfield where he was educated. His early ventures focus on the silk trade but, in 1756, he started mining copper at the Coniston mines in the Lake District and at Alderley Edge, near Macclesfield. In 1758 he built a copper smelter on Macclesfield Common and, in 1767, he further expanded and built a copper smelter in Liverpool. In 1774, the Macclesfield Copper Company was formed together with other partners and became one of the giants of the 18th-century brass trade. Charles Roe died in 1781 but the company continued with the involvement of the other partners and, in 1790, they began issuing these halfpenny tokens with the portrait of Charles Roe and the inscription CHARLES ROE ESTABLISHED THE COPPER WORKS 1758. The reverse shows Industry seated with a mining drill and a cogwheel in her hand with MACCLESFIELD HALFPENNY at the top. The edge inscription reads PAYABLE AT MACCLESFIELD LIVERPOOL OR CONGLETON.
£39.50
Picture of Edward VIII, 'Prince of York', Victorian Whist Counter Brilliant Uncirculated

Edward VIII, 'Prince of York', Victorian Whist Counter Brilliant Uncirculated

Issued around 1897 as part of a series. Fantastic condition and scarce.
£24.50
Picture of Elizabeth II, Jubilee Lundy Set 1977

Elizabeth II, Jubilee Lundy Set 1977

1977 Jubilee Lundy Set comprising of a sheet of 6 stamps issued for local usage and a Puffin and Half Puffin coin based on the famous 1928 token issue of Martin Coles Harman.
£12.50
Picture of Hampshire, Southampton, Taylor & Moody Halfpenny Token, 1791

Hampshire, Southampton, Taylor & Moody Halfpenny Token, 1791

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)
£95.00
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Hop Pickers Token

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.
£7.95
Picture of Lundy, 1977 Puffin & 1/2 Puffin

Lundy, 1977 Puffin & 1/2 Puffin

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?
£9.95
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Middlesex Spence's Halfpenny, 1796. UNC

18th century copper token issued by T. Spence in 1796.
£225.00
Picture of Middlesex, National Series Halfpenny Token, 1795

Middlesex, National Series Halfpenny Token, 1795

Middlesex, National Series Halfpenny Token, 1795. Uncirculated with lustre (D&H 979)
£150.00
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Somerset, Bristol Silver 6d Token (D55) EF

Somerset, Bristol Silver Sixpence Token, Garratt & Co. (D55) Extremely Fine
£69.50
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Somersetshire Bristol 6d (D65) Near EF

Somerset, Bristol, W. Sheppard, Silver Sixpence, 1811 (D65). Near Extremely Fine.
£59.50
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Somersetshire, Bristol 6d (D64) Extremely Fine

Somersetshire, Bristol and Wiltshire, Trowbridge, Niblock & Latham, Silver Sixpence, 1811, obv. (D64). Extremely Fine
£79.50
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Staffordshire, Fazeley 6d Token 1811, EF

Staffordshire, Fazeley Silver Sixpence Token 1811, Peel's & Co. (D12) Extremely Fine
£69.50
Picture of Suffolk, Bury Penny Token, 1794

Suffolk, Bury Penny Token, 1794

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)
£125.00
Picture of Three Transportation Tokens

Three Transportation Tokens

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.
£12.50
Picture of Token 17th Cent Taunton VG-F

Token 17th Cent Taunton VG-F

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.
£24.50
Victoria_Hanover_Jack_Token_Brass VF_Obv

Victoria, Hanover Jack Token Brass VF

Amost interesting British token or jetton. The King of Britain was also the Duke of Hanover, but because the ruling Monarch in this country was a woman, Queen Victoria, she by law could not be Duke of Hanover. Her uncle Ernest Augustus Duke of Cumberland and 5th son of King George III, became Duke of Hanover in her place. These brass tokens show the Duke of Hanover leaving this country to take up his place in Germany. They are Good Very Fine - Extremely Fine condition. An interesting part of our history at a price that will not break the bank.
£6.95
Picture of Warwickshire, Birmingham, Bigg's Halfpenny Token

Warwickshire, Birmingham, Bigg's Halfpenny Token

Warwickshire, Birmingham, Bigg's Halfpenny Token Obverse: Bust to right Reverse: Three lions rampant Edge: BIRMINGHAM W. HAMPTON OR LITCHFIELD Uncirculated (D&H 71a)
£110.00
Woolwich Royal Artillery Canteen Token VF_obv

Woolwich Royal Artillery Canteen Token VF

Woolwich Barracks was the headquarters of the Royal Regiment of Artillery from 1776 until 2007 when it was relocated to Larkhill Garrison in Wiltshire, housing at its peak as many as 4,000 personnel. The soldier’s mess was an essential part of any barracks and provided food, drink, and a chance to socialise. These ‘Canteen Tokens’ are wonderful pieces of that history dating from around 1850 when Gregory Browne obtained a concession from the Royal Artillery to operate canteens at the barracks. These are quite large 34mm tokens struck in bronze with GREGORY BROWNE TENANT BY APPOINTMENT OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT and the arms of the Royal Artillery in the centre on one side and ROYAL ARTILLERY CANTEEN WOOLWICH on the other side. Usually, they are stamped with a number in the centre, probably indicating a table number, but others have no number on them. All of these would have been used daily by the service personnel as their meal pass at the time and are quite scarce so are available in very limited numbers.
£39.50