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One Of The Largest UK Tokens

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I admit my primary interest in this piece is it's significant size. Of course when it was issued there was more of a belief in issuing tokens or monetary instruments with some heft, or some semblance of value. The result is a token measuring in at 45mm and 5mm thick. It weighs 105 grammes or 3 ozs. in old measure. Incredibly there were trial strikes of bronze sixpences that would have weighed in at nearly 6 ozs. in weight. These with their more common brethren the Penny tokens were circulated by the Birmingham Workhouse. Indeed their dimensions made them curiousity pieces even in the 19th century and they are often very heavily circulated as a result.

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I just picked up a specimen myself as a adjunct to my Copper & Bronze Collection..... I have the 3p and the 1p both dateed 1813, and am waiting for a 1p dated 1814......

Offhand, do you have a list of the denominations and dates that each were made????

Thanks

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Does anyone have a list of the different varities and variations of the Birmingham Workhouse Tokens???

Thanks

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