Promotional Token featuring John Wilkes

Made:
1773
Token, copper, 25mm diameter. Middlesex token (?), late 18th century (?). (Not in DH; Davis & Waters 658).   obverse,

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Token, copper, 25mm diameter. Middlesex token (?), late 18th century (?). (Not in DH; Davis & Waters 658). obverse,
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Copper token by John Kirk, produced for The Sentimental Magazine in 1773. Features a portrait of John Wilkes on the obverse. Inscribed on the reverse 'John Wilkes Esquire; Member for Middlesex 1773.

One of a set of 13 promotional tokens produced for The Sentimental Magazine, given to subscribers in 1773. The Bath Journal, published Monday, March 29th, 1773, reported that the magazine was to include a "curious MEDAL, struck on fine Metal, about the Size and Weight of a Guinea".

John Wilkes (October 1725 - December 1797) was an outspoken journalist and Radical politician, representing Middlesex in Parliament.

Details

Category:
Coins, Medals & Tokens
Object Number:
1977-381/94
Measurements:
diameter: 25 mm,
type:
token and token and
taxonomy:
  • visual and verbal communication
  • exchange medium
credit:
Newmark, J.