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Manchester 18th century trade token

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Manchester 18th century trade token a_8571

Manchester 18th century token b_8570Manchester 18th century trade token a_8571

The letters on this copper half penny trade token tell you it was issued by John Fielding of Manchester in 1793. This was a time when official small change was scarce. One side of the token shows a man carrying a bale of cotton on his back. The other side wishes success to navigation, a reference to the recently completed Bridgewater Canal, the second artificial waterway in the country. It points to the main source of prosperity in Manchester during the Industrial Revolution. This and many other trade tokens went out of use when the government started issuing official coins of low value again.

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