1863 St. John's Presbyterian Church Communion Token, Kensington London

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Victorian Antique Original Church Token from Kensington Scottish Church

In 1863, the Saint John's Presbyterian Church was opened in Kensington, West London. It remained in service as a Scottish Presbyterian church for 112 years from 1863–1975, then selling to the Coptic Orthodox Church. This is an original and rare dated 1863 Communion token from the year of its opening. The church, built in grand Victorian gothic style, was designed by Scottish architect J.M. McCulloch and Scot builders, R. and A.M. Greig. Sadly, the church was severely damaged during a WWII era London air raid in 1940.

It reads, on front: 1863 Kensington Presbyterian Church
On reverse: 1st Corinthians xi. 28:
Note: This refers to the King James Version passage, “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup”

This small, original coin sized Victorian era token or medal was found in London. It measures 1 and 1/16 inches x 3/4 inches. These collectible tokens can be made of pewter, copper, brass, lead, pewter, copper and a white metal and come in a large variety of size and shapes. This one is made of early white metal.

In 1690, the Presbyterian Church was recognized as the established church of Scotland, or Kirk. Tokens became widely issued to church members to provide entrance to the Lord's Supper. In later years they were replaced with communion cards. They have become increasingly collected and researched in the field of exonumia.

Condition as seen in photos. Click to see larger. A wonderful and early British Presbyterian piece. This piece is 160 years old, made only a little over year after Prince Albert died of typhoid in December of 1861, to put the age into perspective. A scarce and wonderful London area Presbyterian antique piece.

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Size: 1 and 1/16 inches x 3/4 inches
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