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Date Made/Found: 1811
Dimensions: Overall: 24 × 24mm (15/16 × 15/16in.)
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 2001.322.14
This token was issued by Sheffield Overseers of the Poor. In the early 1800s poor relief was given to the needy in the form of specially minted tokens. These could only be spent in certain shops for necessities, such as food or clothing. The shopkeeper would then take the tokens to the workhouse authorities to get them changed into cash. After the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act money or tokens were only given out in exceptional circumstances. If you became destitute or needed help you had to go to the workhouse.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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