Dimensions: Overall: 29 × 29mm (1 1/8 × 1 1/8in.)
Accession Number: 2001.322.6
During the late 1700s and early 1800s there were not enough small denomination coins available to pay wages, or for food and rent. The Royal Mint could produce copper coins but was capable of distributing them effectively around the country for people to use.
In Sheffield, as in other places around the country, manufacturers and traders began issuing tokens to use as small currency. Shopkeepers accepted them as payment, and would take them back to the issuers in exchange for coins. Tokens could be designed as advertisements, to express opinions and to carry political messages.
This token has a bust of Lord Nelson stamped on one side, with his famous command ‘England expects every man to do his duty’. Lord Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and was a national hero. This token may have been issued by Butterly & Company, a cast iron manufacturer, who were based on Norfolk Row at this time.
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