Trade token; c. 1655

James Beech

 
Trade token; c. 1655
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 22cm

Full image caption

This token was issued by James Beech, who owned a pub called the Hoop and Grapes in Bow Street near Covent Garden after the fire. Beforehand he had lived at the bottom of Garlick Hill by Thames Street. The inscription reads:
JAMES BEECH IN BOW STRET there is an image of bunches of grapes within a hoop.
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.

Image Details

Artist/Photographer/Maker
 
Date
 
1648 AD - 1667 AD
Image Number
 
010461

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