Halfpenny of Lackington Allen & Co

“A trade token issued by the famed bookseller James Lackington (1746-1815), the same year he opened the Temple of the Muses, ‘one of the wonders of London’ (Oxford DNB); with reputedly a million books on display, it was at the time the biggest bookshop in the world. Tokens such as these were issued in many places in England in the late eighteenth century, when the government failed to mint enough copper coinage for the conduct of business. According to Oxford DNB, Lackington issued thousands of such tokens, which were only valid at his shop. All were struck by Lutwyche of Birmingham.”–British Museum online catalogue.

  • Creator: Lackington, Allen and Co.
  • Title: Halfpenny of Lackington Allen & Co. [realia] : cheapest booksellers in the world.
  • Publication: [London] : [Lackington, Allen and Co], 1794.
  • Manufacture: [Birmingham, England] : [Lutwyche], [1794]

Catalog Record

LWL Min. 147

Acquired October 2019

Foundling Fields 1795 : payable on demand

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Obverse depicts in the circle the crest of a lamb holding in its mouth a sprig of thyme and the legend ‘Foundling Fields – 1795″. On the reverse side in the circle the initials JB (i.e., James Burton 1761-1837, builder and developer of much of the foundling hospital in the 1790s) and the legend ‘Payable on demand”.

1 token, copper, 3 cm diameter.

  • Title: Foundling Fields 1795 : payable on demand.
  • Created: [London : J. Burton, 1795]

Catalog Record

File 66 795 F771

Acquired January 2013