1793 Norwich Barracks Halfpenny Coin/Conder (col-012)
1793 English Norwich Barracks Halfpenny Conder / Token.
A soldier holding a saber mounted on a horse. "PRO REGE ET PATRIA" (FOR KING AND COUNTRY) around the outer edge. "Queens Bay" on the bottom.
The reverse is a view of Norwich Barracks 1793.
The copper coin is set in a sterling silver coin mount.
Approx. 1 1/4" diameter.
Chains are available. See Chains.
A shortage of small coinage in the 1790's inspired local companies, militias, and townships to create their own coins called conder tokens. The tokens were then used to pay workers, militia, and common transactions, keeping the economy running. The resulting coins have beautiful and varied artwork, as they weren't minted by the Crown (government).