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17th Century Tokens : Bodmin-Callington in Cornwall

W Numbers refer to Williamson's  Trade Tokens Issued in the Seventeenth Century in England, Wales and Ireland, (1891)

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W1: Cornwall, Bodmin (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Grocers' Arms
IOHN HARRIS
R  I A H
OF BODMAN I A H
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Issued by John Harris, buried at Bodmin as "John Harris, gent.," Feb., 1679/80. His wife, Ann, was buried in April, 1673.
W2: Cornwall, Bodmin (Farthing): (1664)
O  Upon a bend three mullets pierced, differenced with a crescent. Crest, a demi-unicorn rampant
RICHARD MANATON
R  R P M
OF BODMAN 1664 R P M
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Richard Manaton was Mayor of Bodmin in 1668. The arms on the obverse are those of his family. They held a good position in the county.
W3: Cornwall, Bodmin (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  Three lions passant gardant within engrailed border
THOMAS WILLS
R  T F W
IN BODMYN T F W
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In the list of tokens in the British Museum, not found in the previous edition of Boyne, one is given which answers this description in every particular, except that the name is WILDS. This is probably an error. Wilds is not a local name, and Willis is. Moreover, the arms are evidently intended for those of the Wills family--Wills of Landrake bearing "three wyverns passant within an engrailed border bezanty." Branches are found in several other parishes. Richard Wills addressed Latin verses to Burleigh from Botus Fleming in 1585, and Digory was living there in 1619. John Wills was Rector of Lanteglos-by Camelford, near Bodmin, 1655-62; there was another John Wills at Gorran a little later; Thomas Wills, of St. Issey, was resident at Truro in 1740; and the name also occurs at Bodmin itself about the same time.
W4: Cornwall, Callington (Farthing): (1667)
O  A man making candles
IOHN WILLS OF
R  I W
CALLINGTON 1667 I W
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W4*: Cornwall, Callington (Farthing): (1657)
O  A man making candles
IOHN WILLS OF
R  I W
CALLINGTON 1657 I W
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Tistet MS. (?) See note on Thomas Wills, of Bodmin.

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