London (2861), West Smithfield, Tho: Hatton at the Antelope, Halfpenny, 1664

£150.00

17th century token

City of London

West Smithfield

Tho: Hatton [at the] Antelope

Halfpenny, 1664

Obv:  ANTILOP WEST SMITH FEILD      =     THO· / HAT / TON

Rev:  BIBIS VINVM SALVTA ANTILOP      =      HIS / HALFE / PENY / 1664

2.23g.

BW 2861, Norweb -.

About Very Fine, extremely rare and important.  The Latin inscription on the reverse roughly translates as "If you drink wine, visit the Antelope", an exceptionally rare example of an explicit commercial advertisement on a 17th century token.

The Antelope Inn lay on the south-west side of Smithfield, near Hosier Lane and Pie Corner.  It was sufficiently well established to be marked on Ogilby and Morgan's map of the City of London of 1676.