• Code 7355

The Token Collectors Companion. Almost as new

John Whitmore. Self-published, Malvern, 2006. HB (brown cloth with gilt-lettered spine and cover). v +  395 pages + 10 b&w plates.  202 x 292mm.  This has the following sections: Introduction and Historical Survey of British Tokens;  Survey of Token Literature;  The Token Tracer 1700-1860;  18th Cent. Tokens Addenda and corrections;  18th cent. tokens Prices at Auction;  Unnofficial Farthings Addenda and corrections.; Unofficial Farthings Price Guide;  Introduction to Inn Tokens;  Birmingham Inn Tokens;  Herefordshire Inn Tokens;  Staffordshire Inn Tokens.;  Inn Token Makers' Stock Dies;  Inn Token Tracer;  Comprehensive Index to Hawkins' Dictionary.  ISBN 0951325787

Out of print.  The d/j shows signs of use, otherwise almost as new.

Until his unfortunate demise two years ago, I had known the author for almost half a century.  A former tax inspector turned coin dealer and then numismatist, for many years we printed his lists. In order to save on production costs he and his wife, Stella, and sometimes one or other of his daughters would arrive to help with the collating, stapling and trimming, packing the finished lists into envelopes and applying the appropriate postage stamps.  We were in frequent telephone contact throughout those years.

At first glance this book may seem to be expensive and of little use.  Ok, so my copy cost me nothing, apart from having it bound in leather.  However, I would not be without a copy in my library as it is one of my most frequently-used books.  John was a careful and accurate researcher in those pre-Google times.  The Inn Token Tracer, and the Index to Hawkins' Dictionary are alone worth the price - the rest is a bonus.  


Numismatic Books  British Tokens - General & miscellaneous.  Paranumismatica.

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