Each a work of art and with their own story to tell
The 18th century token series is immense. It consists of multiple series’, really, incorporating the efforts of some of the most talented artists, engravers, and engineers of the time (not to mention unscrupulous counterfeiters, forgers, bag men, self-promoters, propagandists, and profiteers). Many millions of tokens were produced and whole industries were transformed by the process. Much has been published about 18th c provincial token coinage over the past two hundred years, and yet a great deal more research needs to be done. With nearly 7400 die pair and edge combinations documented to-date (excluding evasions!), there is an almost endless opportunity to assemble collections based upon individual tastes - whether by location, subject, or type; by engraver, manufacturer, or issuer; by denomination, year, or metallic content; or even by die state, provenance, or association - and in all price ranges. Each is a miniature work of art - and all have their own story to tell.