token; trade halfpenny (John Wilkinson)

Production date
1787
Description
Halfpenny trade token issued by John Wilkinson Ironmaster, 1787. Decorated with a bust on the obverse and the image of a man working at a forge on the reverse.

Wilkinson issued these tokens during a time when a substitute for small change was needed. They were used to pay employees and as a form of self promotion. Wilkinson was an English industrialist who pioneered the making of cast iron and cast iron goods.
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1787
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Signature & date
Embossed on the obverse is "JOHN WILKINSON IRONMASTER" on the reverse is "1787" and on the edge is "WILLEY SNEDSHILL BERSHAM BRADLEY"
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1787
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Accession number
1977-040-014

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