Trade token; c. 1655

James Beech

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

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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.
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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