Can you guess what this is and how it was used? Answer: Copper alloy trading token in the shape of a heart from 1668 – tokens were created by tradesmen during and after the Civil War due to the lack of official small coinage being created by the national mints or royal licences. They could be used in exchange for goods. This example, as the reverse states, was equivalent to a halfpenny and was produced by a Richard Fowler of Farringdon. The symbol on below halfpenny is that of ‘The Barber-Surgeon Arms’.

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