Dimensions: Overall: 23 × 23mm (7/8 × 7/8in.)
Accession Number: 2001.322.3
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 sheaf of arrows decoration on this token is taken from Sheffield’s coat of arms. The obverse side has an uplifting moral stamped on it saying ‘Love Peace and Union’ and has four hands clasped together. The token was issued by John Hands, and this could be a play on the name ‘Hands’.
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