Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Victorian gaming tokens




Whenever I read or see anything referring to George IV, Hanover and young Queen Victoria the first thing that always comes to mind is Ramsgate. Therefore these gaming tokens or jetons are no exception. Perhaps they have no association with Ramsgate but when holding them in my hand I must admit my imagination does run wild thinking of the history as they are local finds and all have been used I presume on gambling tables .
Pictured above are obverse and reverse scans, the top right token is of George IV and the reverse reads born 1762 died 24th June 1830 beloved & lamented crowned July 21st 1821 .
The others are young Victoria and the reverse of two of them are taking a satirical poke at the Duke of Cumberland who even though was deeply unpopular at the time was a Hanoverian royal who contested the throne when William IV died. He believed as in Hanoverian law that only males should inherit the throne and he should be monarch instead of Victoria. However, this was not to be much to the relief of the population. The story of this token can be googled to find more information. One site I found interesting on this token was Chard Coins at 24carat.co.uk which is an excellent reference of old and modern issues for collectors and investors.
The brass token on the bottom left is another gaming token which on the reverse has the coat of arms of Prince Albert .

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