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London (3082), Swan Alley, Thames Street, James Beech, Halfpenny, 1666

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17th century token

City of London

Swan Alley, Thames Street

James Beech

Halfpenny, 1666

Obv:  SWAN ALLY AT YE FOOT OF GAR:     =       IAMES / BEECH / IN

Rev:  LICK HILL IN THAMS STREET                HIS / HALFE / PENNY / 1666

1.97g.

BW 3082, Norweb 6657.

Very Fine, with some light verdigris. Very Rare.  In much better condition than the Norweb specimen.

Black Swan Alley was opposite Garlick Hill on the south side of Thames Street.  The area was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 and it is quite likely that it was the same James Beech who moved to Bow Street in Westminster, from which he issued a halfpenny token in 1667 (BW 389).