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Aylsham halfpenny token,1795. The obverse design shows the grocer's arms, consisting of a loaded camel above a sheild, with a griffin either side. The motto reads 'GOD GRANT GRACE'. The inscription around the edge of the toekn reads 'PROSPERITY TO THE TOWN OF AYLSHAM'.
The reverse design depicts the Prince of Wales crest and motto, consisting of a coronet with ostrich feathers and ribbon below bearing the motto: ICH DIEN (I serve). The reverse nscription reads 'INDUSTRY IS THE PARENT OF SUCCESS - HALFPENNY 1795'.
An inscription around the outer edge of the token reads 'PAYABLE AT S. & J. ASHLEY.'

Trade tokens were issued by merchants, to provide small change during times of chortages of copper coins Trade tokens were used in a system similar to bartering, where a token was used as an alternative form of payment for goods, with the agreement that the token could then be exchanged later for goods in the merchants’ shop or warehouse.

The Grocer's Company was founded as the Ancient Guild of Pepperers in 1100, and was granted its first Royal Charter by King Henry VI in 1428.
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Date Made
dia 27.8mm (dia 1 1/8")
1.7mm (1/16")
w 8.86g
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