LANCUM-F6908A: Modern token: Cumberland Jack token

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Unique ID: LANCUM-F6908A

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Modern Cumberland Jack token dating from 1837/1862.

http://www.aboutfarthings.co.uk/Hanover%20Tokens.html:

"The tokens & counters that bear the words "To Hanover" (commonly known as Cumberland Jacks) are usually found with Victoria's portrait on the obverse and a figure riding a horse on the reverse (in the style of St George slaying the dragon). They were probably produced as satirical counters.

The history behind these pieces is that when Victoria was crowned as Queen, she was unable to fulfil the role of King of Hanover under Salic Law, due to the fact that she was a female. Her unpopular Uncle (Ernst August, the Duke of Cumberland) who was the oldest male heir to the throne was sent off to Hanover instead to fulfil the role, and the counters/tokens were produced to commemorate (celebrate) his departure. Such was his unpopularity that many of the tokens on closer inspection actually depict a monkey on horseback which was intended to portray the Duke.

They were produced around the time of Victoria's ascension to the throne in 1837, and continued to be produced for the next few decades. They were finally made illegal in 1883."

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MODERN
Period from: MODERN
Period to: MODERN
Date from: Exactly AD 1862
Date to: Exactly AD 1862

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 1 mm
Weight: 3.27 g
Diameter: 23 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 1st July 2016

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Milled
Completeness: Complete

Numismatic data

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Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: Lancaster (District)
To be known as: Morecambe

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Grassland, Heathland
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 5 years ago

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