Dorsetshire, Wiltshire and Shaftesbury Sixpenny Token

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Date:1811

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Dorsetshire, Wiltshire and Shaftesbury silver sixpence, 1811

Diameter 19mm

The obverse features the inscription 'DORSETSHIRE/WILTSHIRE/AND/SHAFTESBURY/BANK TOKEN/VALUE/SIXPENCE'. The reverse features a coat of arms and the inscription 'SHAFTESBURY BANK/ LICENSED 14th MARCH 1811'. The Napoleonic Wars led to a shortage of regal coinage in the early 19th Century. From 1811 many businesses and companies produced their own token copper and silver coinage of which this is an example.

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Donor ref:LEAMG : M995.1926.241 (66/16767)

Source: Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

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