Birmingham One Penny Token

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Date:1812

Description:

Birmingham copper penny token, 1812

Diameter 36mm

The obverse features the shield from the City of Birmingham's Coat of Arms. The inscription reads 'ONE POUND NOTE/PAYABLE AT THE WORKHOUSE/FOR 240 TOKENS'. The reverse features the Birmingham parish workhouse with the date below. The inscription reads 'BRIMINGHAM/ONE PENNY'. These coins were issued as poor relief and could be redeemed by local shopkeepers at the workhouse.

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Donor ref:LEAMG : M995.1926.330 (66/16817)

Source: Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum

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