Brass farthing token, 1653. Diameter 15.3mm * RICHARD · LVCAS Lion standing left. Lion's head small and below space between V and C, its feet have long claws. R. * IN· WICKHAM· 1653: · in centre, · L · above R · D Base of L close to tops of R and D BW 171; Norweb 359. Med-fair, but better than the Norweb specimen !
Ex Robert Thompson.
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Richard Lucas was keeper of the Red Lion inn (now demolished) in the High Street opposite the Guildhall. He was mayor in 1660, 1667 and 1672. He issued tokens over a period of 17 years. See G Berry, 17th century England: traders and their tokens, pages 139-141 (not 137 as stated in SCBI Norweb) for more information. Some two hundred years later, Benjamin Disraeli, earl of Beaconsfield, MP for Buckinghamshire, often addressed the crowds from the balcony of the inn.
High Wycombe is a large market town in Buckinghamshire, now the second largest town in the county, after Milton Keynes. The town arms depict a chained swan.
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