Copper trade token from Stonyer's coffee house: 17th century
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Copper trade token from Stonyer's coffee house. This halfpenny token is one of the small coins issued by tradespeople during the twenty years that followed the beheading of Charles I. This was a period of civil unrest when small change was in short supply. William, whose name appears on the other side, was the proprietor of a coffee house and a Turk's head indicates that he sold Turkish coffee. This side of the coin gives the location of his premises 'Against the French Church in Threadneedle Street'. It is likely that the Huguenots who attended this church also frequented the coffee house.
1601 AD - 1700 AD