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Coins of Lancashire

The Curious Numismatic History Of The County Palatine


Lancashire has played a long and distinguished part in the English historical record, but although the County Palatine has been at the centre of Royal history, the Industrial Revolution, the global tides of imports and exports, the fight for civic rights, the blossoming of Municipal pride, and much of the English armed forces, it has never had an official mint. All of the regal coins, and unofficial tokens, which underpinned Lancashire's growth and achievements have been struck outside the county boundaries.

Coins And Tokens

The Circulating Medium Through The Ages


In three separate periods in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth centuries, supplies of regal coinage failed, and enterprising traders stepped in with their own, highly individual, coins and tokens.

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Coins & Tokens

The Halsall Penny

The First Token Of The Industrial Revolution


There is one special token, however, which started the greatest flowering of private coining, at the end of the Eighteenth century. This was a copper penny, the first such, which was issued by Colonel Charles Mordaunt, from his cotton mill at Halsall, near Southport.

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The Halsall Penny

The Lancashire Halfpenny

Studies Confirm Die Hubbing Was Introduced At Soho Mint


The Lancashire Halfpenny was struck by Matthew Boulton for one of the 18th century's real characters, Daniel Eccleston of Lancaster. Since the time of Dalton & Hamer it has been assumed that Eccleston's tokens were struck by one pair of dies. This paper proposes that there were, in fact, at least three dies, and that the early use by Boulton of die multiplication has confused the issue.

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The Lancashire Halfpenny