An Overlooked Series of English Card Tickets c.1811 – Gary Oddie

The chance find and revisiting of the Lauderdale report of 1813 has revealed a previously unrecognised series of low denomination printed tickets that must have once been commonplace throughout mainland England at around the same time as the silver token issues of 1811-12. There are a few tantalising hints of other card and paper replacements for small silver, with proofs of a 1774 card issue by John Wilkinson and assignats from Gilbert Gilpin amongst others, but all circulated pieces appear to have been lost to history. Along with the illustrations from the Lauderdale report another piece of contemporary evidence of a now lost piece, helps date the series.

2 thoughts on “An Overlooked Series of English Card Tickets c.1811 – Gary Oddie

  1. Gary Oddie asked that anyone with any information relating to this card series to get in touch. I am the first to acknowledge that I know nothing of this series. However during a recent perusal of Glendining sale catalogues I came across the following;
    Glendining’s Wednesday 20 January 1993.

    Lot 118.
    — Co. Waterford, Portlaw, Malcolmson Bros., Mayfield Factory, card tokens: Halfcrowns (7), 44mm, Shillings (9), 39mm, all dated 1854 and hand signed, several different signatures (cf. S [Coins and Tokens of Ireland] pp.164-5). Most damaged, but Halfcrowns very rare. (£140-180) 16
    These rare and unusual tokens have been discussed by A.E. Went (“The Truck Tokens of 19th Century Ireland”, Coins, Medals and Currency Weekly, January 2, 1971), R.A.S. MacAlister (“A Catalogue of the Irish Traders Tokens in the Collection of the Royal Irish Academy”, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Vol, XL., 1931, and more recently Derek Young (“The Cardboard Tokens of Malcolmson’s Mayfield Factory”, Coin News, February, 1990). Interestingly, neither Went nor MacAlister record the Halfcrowns, and Young notes this denomination only from one unsigned example which, perfectly naturally, led him to believe this value was never issued. The appearance of seven hand signed examples proves this cannot have been the case.

    Lot 119. (Photo)
    —— Malcolmson Bros., Mayfield Factory, octagonal card Fourpenny tokens (4), Brahigan signatures (cf. S. [Coins and Tokens of Ireland] pp. 164-5), one extremely fine and fresh, others faded and a little discoloured, otherwise about very fine; card Fourpenny tokens (4), two uncut unissued pairs, without signature, printed both sides on lemon yellow and light orange brown matt card, extremely fine, colour and card fresh and clean. (£100-120) 6

    NOTE; There is a photo of a Fourpenny card token, but I am unable to attach it to this note.

    • Hi Eric,
      Many thanks for the suggestion. Yes I am aware of these, and indeed they are similar, but they are a bit too late (1854) and were not used for general circulation but as truck tickets. There may have been some local circulation in shops. There are similar card tickets from the Knockmahon Copper mines for 1863. I wrote about these in the TCSB v9n7 pp407-420.
      I am looking for card/paper pieces that were issued specifically during the period of severe shortages of silver coin prior to 1816 and were used for general (though local) circulation. Most of those found so far all seem to have a printed date.
      All the best

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