Alnwick Cocoa Rooms Brass Penny Token

Alnwick (Northumberland) Alnwick Cocoa Rooms brass penny token, undated. Obverse: Legend on three lines, the top and bottom curved, separated by scrollwork: "ALNWICK + COCOA + ROOMS". Reverse: Legend on six lines with scrollwork: "GOOD FOR ONE PENNYWORTH OF REFRESHMENT AT". Plain edge. Tee, Coffee and Cocoa rooms were popularat the height of the Temperance movement in the mid-1800s to provide alternatives to alcohol consumption at pubs. It is mentioned that Henrietta Paynter, the wife of Henry who had a half share in Shilbottle Coalmine, issued tokens for "Penny Dinners" to those in need which were redeemable at Alnwick Cocoa Rooms. Nice collectable condition, see photograph.

Gardiner page 60, Not in Withers' The Token Book 3. Diameter 28.5mm. VF+. £85.00

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