Halfpenny token of Thomas Wood

Photo: Surrey County Council CC By SA2.0
Object type: Token
Period: Post Medieval
Primary material: Copper alloy
Date found: 24/05/2022
Location: Tandridge, Surrey


Thomas Wood was an auctioneer in London. This token, dated 1811, has a lot of writing for its size: “THOMAS WOOD. BROKER, AUCTIONEER & GENERAL AGENT. SALES OF ESTATES, HOUSES, MANUFACTURED GOODS, AND MISCELLANEOUS PROPERTY, SPEEDILY EFFECTED WITHOUT RISK. PUBLIC AUCTIONS EVERY DAY AT 12. PRIVATE ORDERS FOR ALL KINDS OF GOODS PUNCTUALLY EXECUTED.” This obviously didn’t drum up as much business as hoped as he was declared bankrupt two years later and his premises burnt down in 1816.