Tokens used in Bradford on Avon & District
JOHN CURLE JUNIOR
I *C IN FRESHFORD 1666
JOHN CURLE SENIOR
II *C IN FRESHFORD 1663
PETER FISHER 1669
P *F OF FRESHFORD
P *M IN BRADFORD
JOHN . COOKE . AND . JOSHUA . FARRAND .
BRADFORD . THEIR . HALF-PENY
Tokens-During the reign of Henry VIII (1509-1547) and afterwards, the need for small change among the poorer classes was great, so that tradesmen and others issued coin-like tokens of tin, lead and other base metals for spending at the place of issue. The practice extended so that the tokens could be exchanged for coins of the realm. The use of tokens was forbidden in 1672. Tokens were re-issued by tradesmen in 1786 and continued to 1797; they were again issued in 1811-1812.
BRADFORD ON AVON
0. WILLIAM BAILY. MERCER=The Mercers' Arms.
R. IN. BRADFORD. 1668 = A nag's head. W. B.
William Baily, of Bradford, erected a monument in Bradford Church in 1695, which still remains. He died March, 1712, and was described in the register as a mercer. His monument bears his crest, a nag's head, and the Mercers' arms.
Obverse. JOHN . COOKE . AND . JOSHUA . FARRAND a cross. In the field a lion rampant.
Reverse. OP. BRADFORD . THEIR . HALF-PENY . and a mullet, the field, three bugle horns.
Obv. DANIEL . DEVERREL . and a cinquefoil. A regal crown of the period.
Rev. IN . BRADFORD . 1663 . a cinquefoil. In the field D. D. four pellets, and two cinquefoils.
Obv. THOMAS . IBBOTSON . and three mullets. In the field, HIS . HALF-PENNY . and six pellets.
Rev. MERCER . IN .BRADFORD. Three flowers, the stems twisted in a knot, between the letters T. I.
Obv. WILLIAM . CHANDLER . and a mullet. The Grocers' arms.
Rev. IN . BRADFORD . 1663 In the field, W. C. and two cinquefoils
O. WILLIAM.CHANDLER = The Grocers' Arms.
R. IN. BRADFORD. 1650=w. c.
0. SAMUELL. DAVISSON=A stag.
R. OF. BRADFORD. 1669=S. D.
Obv. JACOB . SELBEE . OF . and four cinquefoils. In the field, two tobacco pipes crossed, saltier-wise.
Rev. BRADFORD . 1665 . two cinquefoils and a mullet. In the field, I. E. three cinquefoils and four pellets.
Obv. JOHN PRESTON. OF. A shield of arms.
Rev. BRADFORD 1666 and a cinquefoil. In the field, HIS HALF-PENY, and a cinquefoil between two pellets.
Obv. JOHN GAGE .OF. The bust of an ancient queen, like that on the shield of the Mercers' Company. B
Rev. BRADFORD 1649, a mullet, and two pellets. In the field, the letters I. G. divided by a pellet.
0. PAVLE .METHWIN = A chevron ensigned with a cross pattee, in base a heart.
R. IN. BRADFORD=A cross between P. M.
The device on obverse is the merchant's mark of the issuer of the token,
not the coat of arms of the Methuen family.
123. 0. ROBERT. HAYES. HOSIER=A stocking
R. IN. EVERCRICH .SVMERSET=R .H.
0. IOHN. CVRLE .SENIOR= A bell.
R. IN. .FRESHFORD .1663 = I. I. C.
0. IOHN. CVRLE .IVNIOR=Arms : a chevron or, between three fleurs-de-lys.
R. IN. FRESHFORD. 1666=I.C.
0. PEETER .FISHER. 1669 = A lion rampant.
R. OF .FRESHFORD=P .F.