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1795 Farthing token by T. Spence


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1795 George III Farthing token, Great Britain.

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20.5mm - Details - D&H 1112 (Middlesex, Spence's, Farthings)

 

Thomas Spence was a pugnacious radical who had no fear of consequences. He used his tokens as a way of disseminating his ideas and I have read contemporary stories (such as from Farrington's Diaries) of Spence throwing his tokens out of the windows of his shop at passers-by as a method of distribution. All of his symbolism is odd, sometimes fun and I would encourage others to post pics of their Spence tokens.

 

I put this in Exonumia because the purpose of his tokens was always political, never financial.

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