London (1711), Little Britain, John Collines


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17th century token

City of London

Little Britain

John Collines

BW 1711, Norweb -.

Very fine but with patchy toning and small scratch in obv. centre.  Extremely rare.

This token was first published by J.S. Smallfield in the Numismatic Chronicle, 1870.  He described the obverse device as a breastplate, and that description was reproduced in both Williamson (1889) and Dickinson (1986).  However, there was a bookseller named John Collins operating in Little Britain (a noted centre of the publishing trade) near St Botolph's Church at the relevant time, and so it seems more likely that the device is supposed to represent an open book with clasps, although this is not certain.