I recently came across this on Heritage. In addition to being a large copper piece, Iâ€™m a sucker for them, it also is an advertisement for a coin dealer in Great Britain from the early 1800â€™s.
Hi everyone. For those of you who don't collect Conder Tokens I will give a brief description. These tokens were designed in the late 18th century. It was the start of the British industrial age. They were made by simple people and those who knew coinage. They were like our Civil War Tokens. People needed food and clothing so this is how they compensated. However they were years ahead of us in making coinage. These tokens are works of art with such detail you can see the Windows and bricks on castles, church,hospitals and many more famous buildings and people. They have edge writing on a lot of them. This would tell you where to redeem the half penny and penny for goods. They were made mostly of copper but also brass, some silver and a few gold and let's not forget gilt. What happened to these is they were so well done people would save them and put them away. That's why today you can buy these tokens in MS 67. That's right over two hundred and twenty years and still in uncirculated condition.