Copper advertising token for John Thornley, tea merchant

Preston, Lancashire, England, AD 1850

An early coin-like advertisement

Throughout the nineteenth century, advertising was used by British shopkeepers and traders to make their businesses known to customers. Using copper tokens was one way of promoting a trader's name and the goods he sold. Other advertising methods included printed trade cards, advertisements in newspapers, and posters on the walls of the larger cities.

While the printed tradecard was made of paper, an easily degraded material, the copper token was more durable. It was probably given out to established customers when they visited the tea merchant's shop.

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Diameter: 32.000 mm
Weight: 10.080 g

Museum number

CM 1870-5-7-4611


Freudenthal Collection


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