GREAT BRITAIN (Evasion) Atkins 386 Halfpenny Token Gulielmus Shakespear




Collections: Tokens, World Tokens

Product type: Token

Vendor: Britannianumismatics



GREAT BRITAIN (Evasion) Halfpenny Token Gulielmus Shakespear  / Britons Rule / 1791 6.69 grams Atkins 386 -Planchet Defect at the back of the neck below the ribbon you can see through the crack.

Evasion tokens were produced at the end of the 1790s, and were designed to exploit a legal loophole that allowed private manufacturers to produce pseudo-coins imitating the regal issue, as long as they were not exact copies. To the illiterate eye, there was little difference between the ‘evasion coppers’ and the regal coppers that they supplanted. They were of course lighter and thus were profitable to manufacture. The manufacturers were many of the same who had produced the Provincial Series (Conder) tokens i.e. Kempson, Lutwyche, and like the later ‘blacksmith tokens’ used in Canada, they were deliberately crudely made, so that they would look worn even when newly manufactured. A series that is both whimsical and fun to collect.