Obv: A spade and pickaxe across a wheelbarrow, MARLE PIT TOKEN below, TO PAY WORKMEN AND PROMOTE AGRICULTURE around. Rev: 3 PENCE PAYABLE AT WROXHAM in center 5 lines, last one curved, D. COLLYER PROPRIETOR around, 1797 below. Edge: Plain.
Uncirculated. Couple of small reverse spots on rim. Scarce. Three pence on Penny flan. 24.4g.
200 of these trade tokens were struck for Daniel Collyer, a vicar and marl pit owner. Marl refers to a type of earth with carbonate of lime, which was used in the agriculture industry. The pits were used to extract this nutrient-rich clay, which along with manure, were used as fertilizer. Towns and other place-names with ‘Marl’ often indicate the location of a past mine site.