The Trader's Token was a form of payment in the UK, created by individual shopkeepers when small coinage was in short supply at the Mint. The coins were issued and spent with the shop in question.
They were popular between the 1650's - 1750's. Each included a naive 'folk' style depiction of the wares or badge of the shop on one side along side a simple address. On the other side were the initial's of the shopkeeper, his wife and sometimes a year date.
*In this spirit when you purchase one of my tokens you will receive a special discount on your next order!
10% off your next order when you buy an 18ct gold plated pendant
15% off your next order when you buy a sterling silver pendant
20% off your next order when you buy a 9ct gold pendant
This applies to your next (1) order only in bronze or silver, not multiple orders just so you know*
Traders Tokens can be found by Mudlarks on the Thames foreshore and are personally at the top of my list of dream finds! I wanted to create my own version of the token in homage. I love their naive look and irregular design and I also wanted to capture the look and feel of a traditional 'hammered' coin, with it's unique hand struck look.
Each token has been hand made and finished by me from a wax original. The same mould is used to create each piece but due to the hand made nature of the design each will be slightly different and therefore unique to you.
One side reads 'IN HALF MOON LANE, 'S.R.' and the other 'AT THE SIGN OF THE' with a naive depiction of a full sun.
These pendants each have a hand made bail attached to the piece, ready to hand from your favourite chain.
Each measure approx 2cm x 2cm with a total length of 2.8cm inc attached bail.
Listings are for 9ct gold, sterling silver and 18ct gold plated bronze.
*All 9ct gold pieces are made to order, so please expect a 4-6 week wait for your necklace*