Conder Tokens were minted in response to British coin shortages in outlying areas. They are named after James Conder who was an early collector and cataloged these interesting coins. Usually pennies and half pennies, they were minted by towns, businesses, and organizations of all types to meet a need for low denomination coinage that was not being provided by government. Thousands of varieties of tokens were minted, many are beautiful and intricate works of art. Conder tokens are relatively plentiful and reasonably priced. Why not start your collection today!
Typical values for this Edinburgh (Scotland) token run like this:
worn: $15 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $45
well preserved: $100
fully uncirculated: $200
The coin in our picture comes from a superb site for such items, NapoleonicMedals.org. Vern McCrea, owner of Napoleonic Medals, notes that the piece pictured is really a counterfeit of a genuine Edinburgh half penny, with slight differences in design noted. Counterfeits are usually shunned by collectors, but in this case they add interest and maintain value.
There is also a great site on Conder Tokens at (where else?) ConderTokens.net. From there you can visit many other web sites dedicated to these wonderful and interesting collectibles.
CoinQuest thanks Napoleonic Medals for use of their coin photo.