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18th Century Penny Token, Warwickshire Yeomanry/Thomas Welch

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1885N1541.143
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1799 - 1799

Maker Information

:Thomas Welch - View biography for Thomas Welch


In the late 18th century the Royal Mint was not making enough low value coins, halfpennies and pennies, to satisfy the growing demand for small change. To fill the gap many towns, cities,manufacturers and even private people issued their own token coins. This penny was produced in 1799 by Thomas Welch, a member of the Warwickshire Yeomanry, a volunteer cavalry regiment formed during the Napoleonic Wars.

Presented by H Buckley.

Further Information

Reign:King George III
Production Period:Georgian
Place of Origin:Warwickshire, England

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Diameter:33.5 mm