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17th Century Tokens : Lyme_Regis-01 in Dorsetshire

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

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W91: Dorsetshire, Lyme Regis (Farthing): (1669)
O  L R 1669
A FARTHING OF LYME RS L R
R  Arms; wavy, within an engrailed border, on a chief a lion passant gardant
THE ARMES OF LYME RS
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W92: Dorsetshire, Lyme Regis (Farthing): (1669)
O  L R 1669
A FARTHING OF LYME RS L R
R  Arms; wavy, within an engrailed border, on a chief a lion passant gardant
THE ARMES OF LYME RS
Image not available
Different obverse die than No. 91.
W93: Dorsetshire, Lyme Regis (Farthing): (1669)
O  L R 1669
A FARTHING OF LYME RS L R
R  Arms; wavy, within an engrailed border, on a chief a lion passant gardant
THE ARMES OF LYME RS
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Different and smaller die.
W94: Dorsetshire, Lyme Regis (Farthing): (1669)
O  L R 1669
A FARTHING OF LYME RES L R
R  Arms; wavy, within an engrailed border, on a chief a lion passant gardant
THE ARMES OF LYME RS
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[N. H.] From Robert's "Social History of the Southern Counties" (ed. 1856, pp. 203-204, where are given engravings of the three tokens belonging to Lyme Regis) it appears that "the Corporation of Lyme ordered a barrel of Town ffarthings in 1669, fourteen years after Amyell Hart had issued his token, and a second barrel six months after. Both barrels of ffarthings cost £45 8s. 3d. A profit of £8 is acknowledged to have been realized, or 17&fract12; per cent., in the mayor's accounts." And Mr. Roberts goes on to say, quoting from Sydenham's "History of Poole" (ed. 1839), that the Corporation of Poole exceeded this rate of profit. They laid out £10, and realized just cent. percent. (See note to No. 109, post.)

N.B.--There is an amusing error in the new list published by the British Museum authorities, in which this token is given there (No. 306) as belonging to Lynn Regis, co. Norfolk, and as one quite new to Boyne!

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