Item BCA - 2017.545 - Bampton tokens of Simon Bassett, Walter Lardner and John Tull. Information supplied by Robert Duff

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BCA - 2017.545

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Bampton tokens of Simon Bassett, Walter Lardner and John Tull. Information supplied by Robert Duff

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  • 1656 - 1669 (Creation)

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These three Bampton tokens of Simon Bassett, Walter Lardner and John Tull date between 1656 and 1669. Information supplied by Robert Duff.
"Quite a lot has been written about tradesman's tokens. Simon Bassett's seems to be the only one for Bampton: see VCH p.39 note 21, citing J.G. Milne, Catalogue of Oxon. 17th-Cent. Tokens." Dr John Blair. VCH = Victoria County History.
17th Century tokens were the first genuine trade tokens to appear in this country. The failure of parliament to provide sufficient small denomination coinage drove desperate traders to issue their own. The inscriptions of these tokens commonly consist of the christian and surname of the issuer, his trade and occupation and the town or village in which he resided. Additionally, we often have the value, initials of the issuer and his wife, and a device or coat of arms. The tokens were usually struck in copper or brass, the commonest denomination being farthings, followed by halfpennies and some pennies. The majority of tokens are round, but square, heart shaped, diamond shaped and octagonal tokens were made.

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