London ( 594), Cheapside, George Peirce, 1665


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17th century token

City of London


George Peirce, 1665

Obv:  GEORGE PEIRCE                  =         Bull's head

Rev:  IN CHEAP SIDE 1665              =         P / G M


BW 594, Norweb 6756.

Good Fine and scarce.

The Bull's Head Tavern was one of the most famous in London.  Pepys went there many times, and General Monck stayed there in February 1660 as negotiations proceeded with the City for the eventual return of the monarchy.  This is the scarcer of the two tokens bearing the Bull's Head, and it may be that Peirce was not the licensee but someone who was simply to be found at the Bull's Head - as, by the sound of it, were many.