London (2372), Ratcliff, Thomas Wadland, Halfpenny, 1668
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17th century token
Stepney (Metropolitan Middlesex)
Obv: THOMAS WADLAND IN 1668 = Three-masted ship
Rev: RATCLIFE HIS HALFE PENY = Still
BW 2372, Norweb 8349.
Very Fine, struck from rusty dies.
Much better than the Norweb specimen, which had the edge hammered up. The depiction of the three-masted square-rigged vessel is particularly attractive.
The issuer was a mariner, but the reverse device indicates that his trade was likely to have involved the production of strong drink.