PUBLIC-9C64F7: A Post-Medieval copper-alloy halfpenny trade token dating AD 1669, issued by Richard Weston, for his business in Ilsley, Berkshire.

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A Post-Medieval copper-alloy halfpenny trade token dating AD 1669, issued by Richard Weston, for his business in Ilsley, Berkshire. Williamson. (1889: Berkshire, number 39, page 25).

Williamson notes: "The only issue from Ilsley is a halfpenny by Richard Weston. It is a very rare token...There appears no entry in the Parish Register of the name Weston. The Rev. J. G. Eames, Rector of West Ilsley, and the Rev. J. R. Terry, Rector of East Ilsley, have kindly had search made, but can find no record. I find, however, that there was a family of considerable local influence of this name in Newbury in the 17th century. They were clothmakers, or "clothiers," as more usually called Philip Weston was of Bassock Combe, Winterbourne, Berks."

Obverse: RICHARD . WESTON . AT . 1669 (around field, in Roman capitals) = A man holding a pair of scales (in field).
Reverse: ILSLEY . IN . BARKSHEIRE (around field, in Roman capitals) = HIS HALF PENY (in field)

Dimensions: diameter: 18.48mm; weight: 1.3g.

Reference: Williamson, G. C. 1889. Trade Tokens Issued in the Seventeenth Century Vol I. Elliot Stock, London. Berkshire number 39, page 25.

Notes:

Copper alloy trade tokens were first struck in 1648. In 1656 half penny tokens were introduced. 1674 by Royal decree production of trade tokens ceased. Pers comm Verity Anthony.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: POST MEDIEVAL
Period from: POST MEDIEVAL
Period to: POST MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1669
Date to: Circa AD 1669

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 1.3 g
Diameter: 18.48 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 6th October 2018

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Jetton/ token data

Denomination: Token halfpenny
Obverse description: A man holding a pair of scales (in field).
Obverse inscription: RICHARD . W[E]STON . AT . 1669
Reverse description: HIS HA[LF] PE[NY] (in field).
Reverse inscription: ILSLEY . IN . [BARK]SHEIRE
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: Vale of White Horse (District)
To be known as: Wantage

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Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

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