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Copper halfpenny token, Robert Wright, Alfreton, 1668

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Discover some of the coins in the Winchester Cabinet, a collection of over 3000 ancient coins, medals and tokens collected by William Eyre, an eighteenth-century barrister, held by Leeds Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Copper halfpenny token, Robert Wright, Alfreton found in the Coin Collection at Special Collections, University of Leeds Library.
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Tradesmen began to issue their own coinage during and after the Civil War due to a shortage of currency. Many advertised their maker’s names and occupations so that tokens could be exchanged for their goods. Although many were of a circular design (like ordinary coinage) some like this halfpenny, which depicts a beehive, were cut into more decorative shapes. The issuer of this token may have sold honey.

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