Skip to product information
1 of 4

Antique Victorian Advertising Spade Guinea Jeton Token

Antique Victorian Advertising Spade Guinea Jeton Token

Bancroft Brothers, Birmingham

Regular price £10.99 GBP
Regular price Sale price £10.99 GBP
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout. Add to basket/cart for a shipping estimate based on postcode / zipcode

Low stock: 1 left

Antique Victorian Advertising 'Spade Guinea' Jeton Token

When I first found this Antique Victorian Advertising Spade Guinea Jeton Token in my jewellery box I thought this looked like a real George III 1790 Gold Guinea. On closer inspection I realised that it wasn’t fine enough to be the real thing, which is made of gold and worth over £1000!

After some research, I found that these tokens were called ‘Spade Gunieas’ and made of brass or bronze. They were reproduced in the 19th Century as a counter for use in a card or board game.

The tokens tended to bear the makers name and name of the manufacturer, and sometimes an advertising logo. To ensure that they didn’t break the Victorian counterfeit laws, the token had a bust of King George III on the obverse and the spade shield on the reverse.

The guineas range between 24-27mm diameter and the half guineas 20-22mm. This particular token has an approximate diameter of 25mm.

It is inscribed on the obverse with: –

Georgivs III Dei Gratia

and on the reverse with:-


This indicates that the token was made by the Bancroft Bros. of 170 Hockley Hill, Birmingham.

It is in reasonable vintage condition and a would make a nice starter piece for a coin collection. There is a mark on the obverse, which I haven’t tried to polish out.

Please click on the following links for more coins, tokens, medals and badges or vintage games/accessories.

View full details