A collection of 17th Century coins made in Somerset have sold at Dix Noonan Webb for £18,600.

The coins were originally used as tokens which were issued by traders as a result of the state failing to provide small denomination coins. They were not recognised as legal tender

The unique collection has the only known token from Batcombe and Farthings which were struck by John Chick in Spaxton and Robert Bobbett in Creech St Michael. A total of 366 token from the collection which took 25 years to acquire by David Young, were sold at the auction in London.

Accountant Young, collected tokens as they were a cheaper alternative to coins and commented how they are: "interesting in that every one was different and they were issued by different people".

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