Token, Lucas' Tea Warehouse, Stone

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Date:1820 - 1850 (c.)

Description:A copper farthing token coin advertising Lucas' Genuine Tea Warehouse, Stone. Thomas Lucas started his grocers and tea warehouse business on the High Street in 1820. It continued until his death, aged 61, in 1856. The reverse of this coin illustrates Stone's chief trade at the time, shoemaking.

During the 19th century it was common for publicans, licencees and shopkeepers to issue their own tokens or 'checks'. Most of the checks issued in Staffordshire were made by Birmingham and Black Country diesinkers and stamping workshops. They could be spent on goods sold at the named shop, and they also served as advertisements for the business.

Obverse: 'SUCCESS TO THE TOWN & TRADE OF STONE'. Shoemaker at work.
Reverse: 'LUCAS' GENUINE TEA WAREHOUSE, EST. 1820'. Tea chest with scales above.


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Donor ref:66.136.0049 (37/32894)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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