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17th-Century Farthing Trade Tokens

The tokens of this county, like those of all the other northern counties, are not numerous; they are chiefly remarkable for their display of loyalty, few pieces being without some mark of royalty on them. Sunderland and Gateshead had each only one tradesman who issued his token; Stockton two; whilst the city of Durham had eighteen, and Barnard Castle nine. The comparative importance of these towns has now much changed.

The privately printed catalogue of Durham and Northumberland Tokens, by William Henry Brockett, Esq., Gateshead (octavo, 1851), has materially assisted in the formation of the present list.

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