The Copper CornerTCC is a business registered in the State of Washington.
Contacts: E-mail Copperman@thecoppercorner.com, Phone (206) 244-8345
Mail to Bill McKivor, PO Box 46135, Seattle, WA 98146, USA.
Counterstamped Dollars of 1797-1804
Issued to stem — you guessed it — a coin shortage.
Due to a shortage of coin, the government authorized the Bank of England to issue Spanish dollars, counterstamped with the head of George III. Silver bank tokens were also authorized. Ireland received tokens from1804-06, and again in 1811. English bank tokens were issued in 1811-1816. They were widely counterfeited, and good examples of both issues are difficult to find today.
The silver sixpence and shilling tokens of 1811-1812 were primarily issued by merchants, though there were some city and county issues as well. The purpose, once again, was to alleviate a shortage of coin. As wages and prices escalated, issuing a higher denomination silver token was a reasonable thing to do; an interesting series.
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