Worcester City Workhouse Penny Antique c. 1811.

Ken Prior


An antique workhouse penny from Worcester dated 1811.

Workhouse Tokens were specially minted coins issued as poor relief. A number of these were minted by various organisations in the early 1800s when there was a national shortage of coins caused by scarcity of copper and silver. Tokens were produced in a number of denominations, the most common being 1d., 3d, and one shilling. The tokens could be spent locally and the trader who received them could redeem them at the workhouse. In 1817, such tokens were declared illegal in the vast majority of cities and towns.


Diameter: 3.6 cm / 1.41 inches.

Weight: 27.4 grams / 17.6 dwt

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