Amass a Fortune in British Tokens

If you are looking for a collection hobby that will not take up much room, consider a British token collection. From the 17th century British coins to the 20th century, many different types of British token coins were produced for a variety of reasons. When you shop for British tokens on eBay, you can find many prime examples.

Types of British Tokens

There are many different types of British tokens, including:

  • 17th century British coin tokens - It is estimated that up to 20,000 entities released British tokens that merchants accepted as payment within a tiny area. You may find these rare British tokens on eBay, but people melted many down when the king made them illegal in 1672.
  • 18th century British token coins - Known in England as 18th Century Provincial tokens and in the United States, as Condor tokens, these British coins carried a variety of images showcasing commerce, politics, advertising, and architecture in Great Britain.
  • 18th century British evasion coins - These coins were created to skirt around legal laws. You can find many types of these coins about 1750 as experts think only about 40% of the money was actual British coins. Most have a bust on the obverse and a seated figure or a harp on the back.
  • Bank tokens - These tokens were made by banks that stamped the king's face on real coins from another country. Spanish and Irish coins were often used, and these were legal tender.
  • Copper tokens - The most common of these tokens are penny and halfpenny formats, but you can also find threepence, twopence, and farthings. Mining companies issued most, but you can find others issued by townships, poor houses, and merchants.
How are British tokens graded?

British tokens are graded on the same scale that British collectors use to grade money. While uncirculated British tokens may show a few nicks from the way that they were made, they will show no rub. Extra fine British tokens show uniform wear across the entire tokens' high points. Very fine pieces are starting to lose some of their detail lines. Fine tokens show more wear, but all of the lettering is still easily readable. If you find a piece marked very good, then some of the details may be missing entirely, but you can still read the legend. Tokens rated good have legends that have started to fade into the token's rim. It is important to note that British evasion coins are usually given a higher grade because they were created to look old from the beginning.

How is eye appeal of a British token judged?

You may have to pay a premium to buy British tokens with eye appeal regardless of their condition, and you will want to consider many different factors when determining the pieces eye appeal, including:

  • Lustre - Despite being very old, British tokens should still have some gleam.
  • Sharpness of strike - Most British tokens were struck by hand, so tokens that were struck firmly with the design mallet usually fetch a higher price.
  • Colour- While you may see some fading, tokens with no rust usually bring a higher price.
  • Surface - The token should look like someone has taken care of it throughout its life.