Birmingham workhouse three pence token, 1813.


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Token, copper, 45mm diameter. Birmingham workhouse three pence token, 1813. (D Warwks 34). Issuer Overseers of the Poor, Birmingham Workhouse, 1813, 3d. Obverse View of Birmingham Workhouse, ‘Birmingham three pence 1813’. Reverse Arms of the City of Birmingham: ‘One pound note for 80 tokens payable at the workhouse’. Notes This is the heaviest copper coin ever issued for circulation in Britain. The Overseers also intended to issue a 6d piece but changed their minds because it weighed over five ounces. A small number were in fact minted but not enough to count as a true commercial coin.


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Mr. J. Newmark.

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