Trade token; c. 1655

John Eldridge

Trade token; c. 1655
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

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This token was issued by John Eldridge in Billingsgate who was forced to move out to Drury Lane after the fire. The inscription reads:
Reverse: HIS.HALF.PENY image of a rampant lion and a still.
Trade tokens were used as small change at a time when there were few low denomination coins, which made it difficult to make small purchases. They were issued by businesses like pubs and coffee houses. Trade tokens can be used to trace the movement of businesses after the fire as their inscriptions include the names of the owners and from where they operated.

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