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token
Date Made/Found: 1793
Dimensions: Overall: 28 × 28mm (1 1/8 × 1 1/8in.)
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 2001.322.1
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. The gentleman depicted on this token may have been involved in the cutlery trade. This is because the reverse of the token has the crest and arms for the Cutlers’ Company, surrounded by the words ‘Payable in Sheffield’.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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