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17th-Century Farthing Trade Tokens

The Essex tokens are numerous, and nearly three-fourths of them are farthings. Colchester, at this time an important manufacturing town, furnishes seventy-one varieties, which are the most common in the series; amongst them are several mysterious merchant's marks. There are no Town-pieces.

It is curious to note that in two instances the name of the county is abbreviated SX, but the spelling is, as a rule, ESEX, or our own accepted spelling, ESSEX. There are, however, two instances where the issuer has gone out of his way to spell the name of his county, thus--ESAXES and EXSSEX.

In instances where a token is mentioned as being in a particular collection, it is the only specimen known.

CW Stainsfield

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