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17th Century Birmingham Halfpenny Token

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1885N1527.24
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1666 - 1666


There was a general shortage of small change in England in the 17th century. Between 1648 and 1672 many towns and tradesmen issued farthing and halfpenny tokens for use locally. Such tokens were outlawed by the government in 1672. The issuer's name and trade generally appear on the token, the trade often represented by an appropriate symbol. In the case of this halfpenny token, issued by Joseph Hopkins of Birmingham, the ironmongers' arms are depicted.

Purchased from John Staunton, William Staunton Collection, 1875.

Further Information

Reign:King Charles II
Production Period:Stuart
Place of Origin:Birmingham, Warwickshire, England

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Diameter:18 mm