Halifax Evening Courier (01/Jun/1922) - Tokens

The following is a transcription of a historic newspaper article and may contain occasional errors. If the article was published prior to 1 June 1957, then the text is likely in the Public Domain.


Among the exhibits in the newly-opened Tolson museum at Huddersfield are a number of tokens collected by our townsman, Mr. S. H. Hamer, a joint author of "The Tokens of England."

At one time tokens formed a part of the recognised currency. On account of a great scarcity of "small change" in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Government permitted tradesmen to issue their own coinage, the issuers being responsible for the tokens, and having to provide goods or ordinary currency in exchange when required. The Government coined only gold and silver money, and halfpennies and farthings, and it was not until 1797 that copper pennies were issued. Then, of course, the tokens became obsolete.