• Code 10570

MINING TOKEN Whitehaven Colliery, Cumbria.

Brass Diameter 22.8mm.  No legend, dragon standing left.  R.  LOWTHER cypher.  Issued ca 1680.  Finlay 20; CRS Farthing 7.79b.  VF-GVF

These tokens were used as part of an accounting system. Coal was carried from the mines to the ships by packhorse or cart, and a cartload (half a ton) required four tokens. For more details see Michael Finlay's impressive and authoritative book The Mining and Related Tokens of West Cumberland.  See this website No 838.

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