1 Penny token, Issued by, Sir Philip Gibbs, Barbados, 1788.
Gibbs Plantation Token
Minted at Hancock, Birmingham

Obverse Description

Head of a slave facing left, wearing a coronet and three feather plume; below, 'I SERVE'.

Reverse Description

At centre, a pineapple; around, 'BARBADOES . PENNY . 1788 .'.

Edge Description



Sir Philip Gibbs, owner of the Gibbs plantation, arranged for one and a half hundredweight of these pieces to be struck. The first dies were engraved by J. Milton of the Royal Mint and Hocking, p. 314, believes the pieces were struck at the the Royal Mint. It would seem that they were not an official product of the Royal Mint but a private parcel struck by one of the engravers. This example is from a second circulation issue with dies and manufacture thought to be by J.G. Hancock, Birmingham. The second issue has a characteristic weakness on the second 'A' of BARBADOES. Gibbs tokens are often catalogued as 'Token Coinage' as they achieved widespread circulation throughout Barbados.

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