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FM22140

Dorset 17th century Token, Blandford Forum, Thomas Bridle, Farthing 1659

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17th Century Token, Dorset, Blandford Forum, Thomas Bridle, Farthing, 1659, Mercers Arms within beaded circle, legend surrounding commences upper left, *THOMAS* BRIDLE**, rev. .B. over T.M within beaded circle, *IN. BLANFORD. 1659., weight 0.83g (BW.10). A few tiny spots of Verdigris, toned a bold fine.

Not much is known of the town issuers from this early time as Blandford Forum suffered a great fire on 4th June 1731 so no town or corporation registers survive earlier. There is a surviving memoranda manuscript by a Mrs Farquharson quoted by Hutchins (I 221) which talks of farthings in the town in 1623 - "1623. This year the corporation accounted for farthings belonging to the town" and if dated correctly must be referring to those copper Farthings of James I issued under patent to John Stanhope the Baron Harrington. Another entry from this manuscript says for 1673 "The corporation farthings was returned in to the value of £2 18s., and placed in the council-house" which would be contemporary with the calling in of 17th Century tradesmans tokens by the Royal Proclamation of 16th August 1672.

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