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17th Century Halfpenny Token, Francis Sharley of Brayles,Warwickshire

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1885N1527.39
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. Usually made of copper or brass, tokens were struck in a variety of shapes: circular being the most common, followed by, in order of frequency, octagonal, heart-shaped and square. This square halfpenny token was issued by Francis Sharley of Brayles, Warwickshire in 1666.

Purchased from John Staunton, William Staunton Collection, 1875.

Further Information

Reign:King Charles II
Production Period:Stuart
Denomination:1/2 d Halfpenny token
Place of Origin:Warwickshire, England

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Height:18 mm
Width:18 mm