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A Descriptive List - Birchall.pdf

Not, perhaps, as well known as Conder’s catalogue, Birchall’s alphabetical list of tokens was published two years before, in 1796, at the height of the token-issuing boom.

 

Compared to later works, specifically the major publication by Dalton & Hamer which is still the only comprehensive catalogue, Birchall’s work, like Conder’s, is painstaking but relatively unsophisticated. Modern collectors find the ‘same as last, but different’ type of description to be too vague for use. But the work is of historic interest as it was aimed at, and bought by, collectors who could still find tokens in their everyday change.

 

Interestingly, Birchall, like Conder, was involved in the issue of tokens.  DH 26,27, and 28 of Yorkshire were in the nature of ‘Private’ tokens, issued by Birchall himself and dated 1795; all are rare. Earlier, he had been agent for Henry Brownbill, of Leeds, who contracted Matthew Boulton and Soho to produce a good quantity of halfpennies dated 1793 which have an excellent perspective view of the Mixed Cloth Hall on the reverse.

 

Original copies of Birchall’s book are difficult to find, but Google Books have scanned a copy and this is available free. Just click on the title page above, and a .pdf file will download which contains the full text.

 

Please note, though, that as the original work contains 161 pages, the file size is a chunky 3.5MB

A Descriptive List of Provincial Coins & Tokens

A DESCRIPTIVE LIST OF THE PROVINCIAL COPPER COINS OR TOKENS issued between the  Years 1786 and 1796, ARRANGED ALPHABETICALLY

 

By Samuel Birchall

Published 1796. Printed for Samuel Birchall and sold by Henry Young, Ludgate Street, London

A Descriptive List - Birchall.pdf