1863 Queen Victoria Brass Model Half Sovereign Coin Medal Gaming Token
British gaming tokens, medals, medalions or game counters, were used during English Victorian times. They were given away as advertising premiums, or used in gaming as a counter in playing cards. They imitated actual gold British coins, although they were made of cheaper brass and the inscriptions were altered. What were they used for? People played card games in the home and at pubs and these tokens were used for keeping score and decide the value of a "point."
A Profile Bust of Queen Victoria, facing to the left
Text: VICTORIA QUEEN OF GREAT BRITAIN 1863
Royal Crown Logo, the heraldic badge of the Prince of Wales
Text: THE PRINCE OF WALES MODEL HALF SOV'RN
"ICH DIEN" in center, German for "I Serve", the motto of the Prince of Wales
This beautiful old and small piece was found in Congleton, Cheshire, England. The Prince of Wales is a title granted to the heir apparent to the throne (usually given to the eldest son of the sovereign). Edward I of England gave the title to his son in 1301 after the conquest of Wales and it has been in use ever since. Click images to see condition in close up views. A beautiful British exonumia piece.
Size: small 20mm, thin brass, see photo for condition.
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