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PCI2010 Group 4A.2 Voting


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PCI2010 Group 4A.2 Voting  

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    • 1796 Carolus IIII
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    • 1796 ½ Penny Conder Token, Scotland
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syzygy's 1796 Carolus IIII, 1 real

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elverno's 1796 ½ Penny Conder Token, Scotland

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Given the fact that the average citizen throughout Europe was paid in copper and that virtually everything they earned was spent immediately for food and shelter it is amazing that England functioned as the largest trade economy of the era. I say this because from 1775 until 1797 no copper coins were produced by the British government. While I've heard that was because George III thought it was undignified for his image to be on base metals that story may be something of a numismatic myth.

 

To fill the gap merchants produced privately issued coinage, tokens, called Conders after the author of the first catalog produced for collectors. This Scottish piece, (Lothian, Campbell's, D&H 14a) was produced for a tobacconist. Mr. Campbell was located on 37 St. Andrews Street in Edinburgh and had a previous piece from when he was up on 79 St. Andrews. The Turk was a recognized symbol for tobacconists as well as Highlanders and Negroes. The jar is a snuff jar.

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