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19th Century Penny Token by William Booth

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1979N40
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1811 - 1811

Maker Information

Maker:William Booth - View biography for William Booth


This token was produced by William Booth, the notorious forger. In the early years of the nineteenth century he moved to Perry Barr, Birmingham, where he manufactured tokens like these as a cover for his forging activities. Eventually he attracted the attentions of the authorities and after arrest he was convicted of forgery and hanged.
Ironically, he carried out his counterfeit activities within close proximity to Birmingham's legitimate and most famous coiner - Matthew Boulton of the Soho Mint.

Purchased from Peter Ireland (Format) Ltd.

Further Information

Reign:King George III
Production Period:Georgian
Denomination:1d - one penny
Place of Origin:Birmingham, Staffordshire, England

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Diameter:34.5 mm