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Modern European coins except the euro => United Kingdom => Pre-decimal coins and trade tokens => Topic started by: Alex Island on May 29, 2021, 12:01:06 AM

Title: UFO old token ?
Post by: Alex Island on May 29, 2021, 12:01:06 AM
There is such a token, I don't know what it is, it looks like a UFO:  8)

(https://i.ebayimg.com/thumbs/images/g/yycAAOSw5RVgobA7/s-l1600.jpg)

ps  ;) :)

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/6pYAAOSw0sVea2BA/s-l600.jpg)
Title: Re: UFO old token ?
Post by: Manzikert on May 29, 2021, 07:58:54 AM
It is a weaving shuttle, an item which holds a reel of the weft thread which has a streamlined shape so that it passes smoothly between the warp threads in the loom. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuttle_(weaving). You can see the reel in the centre, and the loose end of the thread coming out of the hole in the side of the body.

Alan
Title: Re: UFO old token ?
Post by: Figleaf on May 29, 2021, 09:26:23 AM
The other instrument is a plough, so they illustrate the legend SUCCESS TO THE PLOUGH AND SHUTTLE, wishing good fortune to agriculture and (agriculture based) industry. Other tokens wish success to industry, fisheries or trade (the main sector of services at the time), together covering the whole economy, as a sort of antithesis to the usual political or feudal propaganda on coins.

Peter