17th-Century Farthing Trade Tokens
In the former edition of this work, Mr. Boyne described forty-one tokens as belonging to Herefordshire, one of which
was misplaced and is now inserted in its proper county of Essex. Two tokens were also placed to other counties, which
are now removed to their proper habitat, as proved by the occurrence of the issuers' names in the parish registers of
the towns to which they are now assigned, viz., Kington and Ledbury. The total number now claimed for the county is
seventy-three, consisting of twenty-three farthings, forty-nine (?) halfpennies, and one doubtful penny. Of these
two are heart-shaped, two square, one octagonal, the remainder round. The tokens issued by Kington tradesmen are
interesting as being the only ones in the series bearing mottoes intended to impress upon their customers their
character for honesty and "square-dealing"
James W. Lloyd.
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