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FM19049

London 17th century Token Westminster, Bow Street, the cross shovels, 1653

Regular price £150
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17th Century Token, London, Westminster, Bow Street, Farthing, 1653, H and B, S at the cross shovels, two shovels in saltire, legend surrounding with lozenge stops and toothed border, initial mark mullet, THE. CROSS. SHVFLES, rev. initials in two lines, lozenge stop either side of S / H B, roped circle and legend surrounding, initial mark mullet, .N. BOW. STREETE. 1653, weight 0.87g (Norweb 8637; Boyne 316; B.W. 392). Flan flaw on reverse with some associated striking weakness on corresponding part of obverse, otherwise very fine.

It is likely the H. and S. B. who these tokens were issued for were maltsters as the crossed shovels were commonly used as a device for this trade.

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