Southwark ( 10), Borough, Richard Blake, Tapster, Halfpenny, 1669


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17th century token



Richard Blake, Tapster

Halfpenny, 1669

Obv:  RICHARD BLAKE TAPSTER     =        Duke of Suffolk

Rev:  IN SOVTHWARK 1669                 =        HIS / HALF / PENY / RBF


BW 10, Norweb 4788, Everson 401.

Good Fine, with slight dents on both sides.  Ex Hayward Collection.

A tapster was a tavern keeper.  Very few tokens name that profession.  Charles Brandon, the Duke of Suffolk was one of the major figures of the age of Henry VIII.  He owned considerable property in Southwark.