GREAT BRITAIN, anti-royal jeton 1831


GREAT BRITAIN, jeton, 1831, Obverse: bust R, WILLIAM IV. CROWNED SEP. 8. 1831, Reverse: mounted spearman L attacking lions, BY TRAMPLING ON LIBERTY I LOST THE REINS, Edge: reeded, brass, 22mm, 4.14g, F-VF

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In England tokens started coming into use in the 16th century. Scotland and Ireland followed suit. Since the coinage was unified throughout the country there was not as much need for jetons in the counting houses to keep track of various currencies. But the neglect of the copper level of the market made for blooms of tokens in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Each bloom was suppressed by the government, which promised to do better, and, by the mid-19th century, finally succeeded. Token use, having become normalized, continued here and there into the 1980s.