Undated (Circa 1694) London Elephant Token. Hodder 2-B. GOD PRESERVE LONDON. Thick Planchet. MS-62 BN (NGC).
Handsomely toned, both sides exhibit a blend of original charcoal-brown and orange-tan colors. The surfaces are uncommonly smooth for the assigned grade, and the strike is suitably bold for the type even despite the fact that both sides are slightly off center toward the 12 o'clock position. The Elephant tokens are a popular British issue that has been adopted by collectors of early American issues, and some no doubt circulated here. One of the great numismatic legends is that these were made in response to the plagues of the 1660s or the Great London Fire of 1666, though today's collectors are of the mind that GOD PRESERVE LONDON is just a plaintive plea to the Almighty to guide London on its way through thick and thin.
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