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17th century halfpenny token of John Marston, Coffee seller, Trumpington Street, Cambridge.: CM.BI.317-R

Object information

Awaiting location update

Titles

17th century halfpenny token of John Marston, Coffee seller, Trumpington Street, Cambridge.

Maker(s)

Issuer: Marston, John

Entities

Categories

Notes

History note: No provenance.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 20 mm
Die Axis: 0 degrees
Weight: 3.05 g

Place(s) associated

  • Cambridge (Cambs.)

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Unknown (1908)

Dating

Uncertain 1648 - Uncertain 1672

Note

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: The Fitzwilliam Museum has several tokens for local tradesmen relating to food. This one, inscribed ‘John Marston in Trumpington Street, Cambridge’, has a hand pouring coffee from a pot into four cups set on a table. The exact location of Marston’s coffee shop is unknown, but it was likely to have been a favourite haunt of students, serving food and alcohol as well as coffee. Isaac Newton may well have frequented it in the early 1660s, when a student at Trinity.

Materials used in production

Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Milled (coinage)

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.BI.317-R
Primary reference Number: 96822
Dickinson: 63
Ordering: T17C-0289
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 24 November 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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