Isle of Man 1811 Bank Token to be sold in our 22nd April 2015 Coin Auction

23rd March 2015

We have been instructed to sell this unusual Isle of Man 1811 Bank Token in our 22nd April 2015 Coin Auction.

In the late 18th and early 19th century Great Britain experienced a shortage of low denomination coins. In particular pennies and half pennies, essential for use in everyday transactions were in very short supply, making buying a loaf of bread or pint of milk or even being paid wages at all extremely difficult. As the government did little to counter this problem a number of private business owners and merchants commissioned regional tokens for use in these everyday transactions.    

The first token to appear on the Isle of Man was in 1668 and is attributed to John Murrey. These penny tokens are extremely rare and sought after. The next to appear in 1811 were attributed to the short lived partnership of Littler, Dove and Co. (The Douglas Bank Co.) and depict Peel Castle on the obverse. The tokens were designed by Thomas Halliday and were minted in Birmingham by Sir Edward Thomason.

Lot 633 in our 22 April 2015 auction is this Isle of Man 1811 penny bank token. It has been graded as extremely fine and has an estimate of £150.

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By Jill Smith.

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