Coins and Trade tokens — also known as Conder tokens
An account of the history of "Trade Tokens" can be found here.

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A William III 'Chester' shilling, 1697;

Obverse: laureate draped third bust right 'GULIELMUS III DEI GRA'.  A small
C is below the bust.

Reverse:  four crowned shields cruciform ' 1697 MAG. BRI. FRA. ET HIB.

Price: early issues (1692-93) of William III show him conjoined with his queen, Mary II; after her death he is portrayed alone. Several branch mints issued this type - this specimen is from Chester. The type was struck 1695-1701 with many variants.


A sixpence token for York (Yorkshire), 1811:

Obverse: Arms of the city between olive and palm branches. Legend, YORK 1811. There are four berries in the olive branch. The stem of the palm is over the first one in date.

Reverse: CATTLE AND BARBER An ornament above and below. Legend SIX PENCE SILVER TOKEN. The top of B in BARBER lines to the centre of the S in Silver.

Price: £110.00

NOTES: Cattle and Barber were goldsmiths and jewellers in Coney Street, York.

“An issue of silver tokens has been made by Messrs. Cattle and Barber of York. These tokens are of the value of Shillings and Sixpences, and are finished in a neat style, bearing on one side the arms of York, and on the other, their value, with the names of the issuers.”- Chronicle, Oct. 12, 1811.

References: Dalton – Yorkshire York 71, Boyne 234.



A Sheffield trade token

Obverse: The arms of Sheffield, eight arrows in saltire banded between two pheons, crest a cherub. YOUNGE AND DEAKIN . SHEFFIELD.

Reverse: Female to left seated on bale with scales and cornucopia. A sword on the ground. ONE SHILLING SILVER TOKEN 1811. Grass above the sword hilt and the tops of ones in date are flat. Y&D on the ground. The point of sword extends beyond the Y and nearly touches the ground.

Price: £95.00

NOTES: “A public meeting of the inhabitants of Sheffield was called last week to consider the propriety of issuing a local silver coinage; when it was resolved that pieces of the denomination of 2s. 6d. and 1s. be stamped and sent into circulation to an amount not exceeding 10,000£ and not less than 5,000£.”- Bath Chronicle, Oct. 24 th. 1811.

References: Dalton – Yorkshire Sheffield 39, Boyne 200.



1 shilling and sixpence token for the Bank of England, 1812:

Obverse: Laureate head to right, GEORGIUS III GRATIA REX.
Reverse: BANK TOKEN 1s. 6d. 1812 within a wreath of Oak and Olive.

References: Boyne 30, Dalton - Bank of England 64

A 12d Newcastle Token;

Obverse: Arms, three castles, two over one, gules, and supporters of Newcastle; Motto, FORTITER DEFENDIT TRIUMPHANS (Triumphing it bravely defends). Crest, a lion holding a standard issuant from a castle; PAYABLE BY IOHN ROBERTSON. NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE.

Reverse: Female seated on a bale, with spear and cornucopia; a ship in the
distance; NORTHUMBERLAND & DURHAM 12_D TOKEN 1811.  The spear is
between the N and the D.  A border of dots on the obverse.

Price: tokens were the subject of a correspondence in the Newcastle
newspaper.  On 26th November 1811  local traders (118 of them) refused to accept Robertson's tokens or anyone else's.  On 1st May 1812 Robertson promised to honour the stated value of the tokens and although 'no two of John Robertson's Tokens are of the same weight, but any twenty of them, taken promiscuously, will average in real value from 10d. to 10 1/2 d. each' (the alleged value was 8d. to 8 1/2d. each).  The London Gazette records that Robertson was declared bankrupt , Feb. 20, 1821.

Reference: Dalton Northumberland- Newcastle upon Tyne 11


Sixpence token for Fazeley (Staffordshire), 1811:

Obverse: Arms of the Harding family; FAZELEY SILVER TOKEN 1811 PAYABLE BY PEELS HARDING & CO.
Reverse: 6 pence within a wreath; the centre limb of the last E in pence is clear of the top and bottom of that letter.
Price: £85.00

References: Dalton - Staffordshire - Bilston 11, Boyne 78.

A 'LIMA' silver shilling dated 1745 .
Price: £85.00
A Henry III silver penny circa 1250.
Price: £75.00