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London Cornhill 1648 token

London, Cornhill, copper Farthing, 1648, initials .W. over M.I with lozenge stops at centre, .IN. CORNHILL. 1648, rev. inverted die axis, six pierced stars around a central star, AT. THE. SEVEN. STARS. weight 1.17g (BW 730). Toned, very fine and an example of the earliest date possible for a seventeenth century token being of the last year of the reign of King Charles I (1625-49), but undoubtedly struck within two months of his death, scarce.

The execution of King Charles I on the 30th January 1648 (contemporary dating - 1649 in our modern dating), was the initial incentive for private merchants and individuals to issue there own small change, and token manufacturers began to take orders straight after the regicide. As the new year in the older style of dating did not commence until 25th March 1649, this means this token from the Seven Stars at Corn Hill has to be struck either in February or March of 1648/9 and therefore represents one of the earliest 17th Century tokens issued.

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