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Offline Figleaf

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Gateshead visited
« on: January 16, 2013, 05:47:42 PM »
E. Shephard went from a single shop in 1906 to a number of department stores in 30 years. His company issued a sixpence token I was able to add to my collection. To make absolutely sure no one would mistake it for an official coin, its top was cut off.

I found a picture on the web, taken in 1937, just two years before all hell would brake loose. "Dad's army" meets "are you being served"...

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Re: Gateshead visited
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2013, 09:12:55 PM »
Emerson Shephard's firm, E Shephard Ltd., issued several series of tokens over a long period, closing down shortly after the issue of their decimal issues. This shape was created by clipping the original issue was adopted as the main design feature of later issues. Some pieces were also issued in fibre instead of metal.

Interesting to see what every young girl was wearing in those days.

Shephards boot and shoe shop moved to Ellison street [Gateshead] in 1908. It was founded by Emerson Shephard and was originally situated in a house on Swinburne Street. By 1924 it had expanded to include 10 branches selling a variety of household goods and was one of the most popular stores. In 1934, an extension was added to the Ellison Street store which gave 3 floors and 30 departments.
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Re: Gateshead visited
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2013, 03:32:55 AM »
As mentioned above about fibre, there was a bronze penny 33.3mm X 28.4mm, 48.5g and a red fibre penny 33.4 X 28.6mm 8g. [same both sides for each] It appears they may have been clipped afterwards.

I would suggest they needed to change to fibre throughout the war years.
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Re: Gateshead visited
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2013, 09:00:37 AM »
I remember the distinctive shape of the Shephard tokens from a picture in one of the first coin books I read in the 1970s.  Have never seen one in real life yet, though!  A nice reminder of something else to add to my "wants list", since I have a soft spot for anything from Newcastle or environs, even if Gateshead is "ower the watter" (= "across the Tyne" for those unfamiliar with the dialect).


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Re: Gateshead visited
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2017, 09:31:28 PM »
Here's a couple not shown on here yet :)

I was surprised to see the non-clipped decimal tokens.

1/2d is 23.9mm x 20.8mm
2p is 32.6mm
10p is 32.2mm

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Re: Gateshead visited
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2017, 10:30:18 PM »
Excellent contribution, RD. Thank you. The decimal ones must have been issued just before the chain disappeared.

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Re: Gateshead visited
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2017, 12:56:50 AM »
I have a 5p (diameter 25mm) like the 10p above.

I also have a 50p - as follows...

“E. SHEPHARD LTD.” above-around between two dot spacers / “50p” large and central / “GATESHEAD & BRANCHES” below-around (smaller text than top line), plain rim // same both sides – plus tidy un-rimmed central hole which goes through the “50” on each side. Brass, plain edge, 34mm.

Thanks Mr Paul Baker

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Re: Gateshead visited
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2017, 11:32:54 AM »
A nice high value - One pound E. SHEPHARD LTD. GATESHEAD & BRANCHES consimilar brass 23.4mm
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Re: Gateshead visited
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2017, 06:45:02 AM »
Added more decimal issues today; 10p, 32mm. 5p, 25.5mm. aluminium. 1p, 28.7mm. and ½p, 25.7mm. red fibre; the 10p is already shown. all consimilar.
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Re: Gateshead visited
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2017, 12:47:37 AM »
Isn't it a bit late for fibre? It was known to be highly inflammable and there were (probably cheaper) alternatives, like ... plastics.

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Re: Gateshead visited
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2017, 01:50:58 AM »
There is little doubt but that they were issued in the 1968-71 period.  ::)

They may have got them from a local supplier who would not use plastic as it a different process whereas the fibre could be produced using the same type of dies that they used for aluminium.

I am unsure of the flammability of fibre as it was used for identity tags by the British forces during WW2, this would appear to suggest it is quite safe.
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Re: Gateshead visited
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2018, 11:54:53 PM »
This odd 31mm piece was sold on eBay today; it reached a high figure of £26.75

I am wondering if any of the printing has rubbed off below? ???
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