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A trade token of oil merchant John Fowler.
|Trade token of oil merchant John Fowler.|
|© National Maritime Museum, London|
|Repro ID: H5553_1|
|Description: Fowler's halfpenny token from 1797. John Fowler was an oil merchant and tin plate worker at 78 Long Acre, London. Many merchants and manufacturers issued their own currency tokens during this period, partly because of a chronic shortage of coinage. Whale oil was widely used as fuel in lamps at this time.|
|Creator: Thomas and Peter Wyon|
|Credit line: National Maritime Museum|