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  • Production date:

    mid 17th century; 1648-1673; 1666-1671

  • Location:

    In Store

  • Trade tokens were used as small change at a time when there were few low denomination coins, which made it difficult to make small purchases. They were issued by businesses like pubs and coffee houses. Trade tokens can be used to trace the movement of businesses after the Great Fire of London as their inscriptions include the names of the owners and from where they operated. This token was issued by Robert Hayes who owned a coffee house called the Turk's Head in the Barbican area. He seems to have moved his business here from Pannier Alley (near St Paul's Cathedral), which was destroyed in the fire (see his Pannier Alley token 96.66/880).  < ...Read more

  • Measurements

    DM 24 mm; WT 2.75 g

  • Materials

    copper alloy

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