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Brass pub token for the Red Lion in Back Hall Street Caerleon 1860

Pub Token - The Red Lion Caerleon - Wm. Jones proprietor - 3d

Back in the 19th century many pubs gave tokens instead of coins for change. This was supposedly because there was a shortage of small change. Of course it ensured that the 'change' was spent in that establishment and nowhere else!

This brass token is approximately 26mm in diameter - a fraction larger than a modern two pence piece.

Our online directory of Caerleon for 1862 shows that William Jones was then the landlord of "The Red Lion" Back Hall Street.

See also a 17th century farthing token issued by William Meredith a mercer of Caerleon.

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