Conder tokens create a fascinating area of numismatics (coin collecting) that is rising in popularity as the Internet and other technologies make them more and more accessible.
Conder Tokens, also known as 18th Century Provincial Tokens, were first minted In 1787 in response to British coin shortages in outlying areas. Conder Tokens are named after James Conder who was an early collector and cataloged these interesting coins. They are copper coins (usually pennies and half pennies) 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. Do a general search on CoinQuest and you will see a small, representative collection of Conder tokens.
The token in our picture comes from Muenzen & Medaillen, GmbH in Weil am Rhein, Germany, where it sold recently for 50 euros, about $65 US dollars. This gives an idea of value.
worn: $10 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $35
well preserved (like the picture): $100
fully uncirculated: $400
These are approximate catalog values for such tokens. Use our Important Terminology page for converting catalog values to actual values.
CoinQuest thanks Muenzen & Medaillen for use of their photo. It's a nice one!