A Love Token for Molly Stone at Maidstone Museum

Love Token image ©Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Trust
Love Token image ©Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Trust

‘Dear Molly Stone is all my own’.  The message is simple, the declaration clear and how cherished it must have been.

During the 17th and 18th centuries engraved coins were a popular love token.  This one is a favourite of Giles Guthrie, the Collections Manager at Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery, who explained that love tokens ‘are coins that have been engraved or altered and then given as a keepsake to a sweetheart. A popular decoration was a ship or soldier, often signifying a parting.  Some were beautifully crafted and some not so but all were made with the same intent and with the same message – love- that is why I like them.’

Love Token image ©Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Trust
Love Token image ©Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Trust

 

Sadly we have no idea who R.Y was or if he was reunited with this sweetheart but the romantic in me would like to think so.

Maidstone Museum has a fantastic collection of coins and gambling tokens amongst its 660,000 object collection and you can find further visitor information here.

 

 

 

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Rachael Hale (Homes and History Magpie)

Freelance home interiors and Kent history writer. Frequently found in dusty old buildings and 'Kent Life' magazine. Find me via Twitter - @rachaelhale1 Read my home interiors and history blog - www.historymagpie.com

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