Wednesday, March 02, 2011

History Channel's Mudmen Dig Up 17th Century Merchant Tokens Along the Thames

Traders' tokens were issued by local merchants during and after the English Civil War (1642-1651) as a form of small change at a time when lower denominations of the realm were out of circulation.

(Reuters) - It's seven in the morning and we kneel in black mud on the freezing banks of London's River Thames in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral, where a church has dominated the ancient city since the 7th century.

As the tide ebbs exposing the shore, Steve Brooker casually tosses a 17th century trader's token he has found in the dirt into . . .

Full story at: Reuters

1 comment:

antiques El Dorado said...

Merchant token are already rare nowadays for they are no longer being used by most people. This symbolizes our past for you can be able to see our history through the images that were placed on it.