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17th century halfpenny token, issued by Thomas Powell, baker, Cambridge, 1666.: CM.TR.645-R

Object information

Current Location: In storage


17th century halfpenny token, issued by Thomas Powell, baker, Cambridge, 1666.


Issuer: Powell, Thomas



Measurements and weight

Diameter: 18 mm
Die Axis: 270 degrees
Weight: 2.24 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Loan (1937-08-11) by Trinity College, Cambridge


Production date: AD 1666


Label text from the exhibition ‘Feast and Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500–1800’, on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum from 26 November 2019 until 31 August 2020: Thomas Powell’s halfpenny token is decorated with nine lozenges in a diamond formation, probably representing a stylised plaited loaf. Since this device appears on other tokens where the issuer describes himself as a baker, it is likely that this was also the trade of the 22-year-old Powell who lived in the parish of St Clement’s, Cambridge.

Materials used in production

Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Cast (process)

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.TR.645-R
Primary reference Number: 96065
Dickinson: 71
Ordering: T17C-0317
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 24 November 2020 Last processed: Monday 21 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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