Other Coins and Tokens

In addition we have many coins from mediaeval times including an ancient British base gold coin of the tribe of the Corieltauvi probably struck in late in the first century before Christ. It is based on the stater issued by Philip of Macedonia three centuries earlier. The original has a chariot on one side and on the other the head of Apollo, but because the design has been copied and recopied so many times the design on this coin is hardly recognisable.

Found at Easton Grey near the Fosse it could have been lost in Roman times even though the coin was struck nearly a hundred years earlier. It is the only coin of the Corieltauvi to have been found in Wiltshire.

The Corieltauvi (formerly thought to be called Coritani) were a tribe of East England based round Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.


In common with many other towns Malmesbury traders issued tokens which could be redeemed against purchases. Whether these acted as a discount scheme or ‘Christmas Club’ is not known but it seems likely that both vendor and customer benefitted.

Tokens go back a long way; they were used in Roman times as a substitute coinage. In the second part of the seventeenth century they were tolerated by officialdom as an alternative coinage but by the nineteenth century much less tolerance was shown and because of this most tokens that were issued carry no defined value so that if proceeded against the issuer could claim they were just for advertising.

The museum has many examples from local shopkeepers.