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Shakespeare trade token


A copper Shakespeare half-penny token, 1790., These tokens (local and non-local) passed irregularly as currency when the copper coinage was insufficient in the last quarter of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century. (Source: 1925 Catalogue p. 88).

  • Object number

    STRST : SBT 1962-3/4

  • Date


  • Material

    copper metal

  • Marks & inscriptions

    Bust of Shakespeare to left : SHAKESPEARE, Britannia seated, holding mining tools : 1790,

  • Caption

    A trade token, one side featuring a bust of Shakespeare; 1790.

  • Credit line

    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust