Mike 's Blog

22 May 2020

York The City In The North Token 1795 D&H 68

Tokens | Mike

Hi my friends i hope all of you are well. I decided to write today on the token York. York was in the north of England and has a rich history. We will get the false stories we have been led to believe in. That William Wallace saked York. No. Not close. It made for an ok movie but again we have fiction and non-fiction. They do that allot .
After the Norman conquest William the Great built a wooden castle. However in 1609 the north of England rose in revolt.The Norman Garrison was massaquerd . William returned and rebuilt another castle to rebuild the town. So who sacked York? The Vikings. It was Ivar The Boneless and his brothers Ubbe and Hvitserk..It was easy since York was boult by two rivers. The town was slaghterd.. York was important to them because they had a mint.All the Vikings coinage came from York. Before i go any further William Wallace did beat the English at the historic battle of Stirling. Wallace defeated Edward the 1st otherwise known as Lonshanks.

Who founded York before William. The Romans.in 70A.D. They founded it between the two rivers named Ouse and Foss. The Romans left in 1190 but before that the Jewish population was slaughtered some committed suicide. Rome had settled most of England when they left it was a mess. Now many things happend it York.during the time of the Romans ,the Normans the Vikings. It seemed like Wallace was the only one that didnt sack York. The towns people stayed the same and continued to rebuild.this wonderful town its mane export was wool. There was a big demand for it and wool was made all over England. Many tokens have the machinery on the reverse.. They also built one of the largest Cathedrals in Europe its called The Metropolitcacl Church of St.Peter. Commonly known as York Minister. It is the seat of The Archbishop the third highest office of the church of England..

Now York has a great story. They made thes tokens so we would remember the history of England. Yes they tell stories and there fascinating. Braveheart was an ok movie but the real history is so much better .The token the obverse has a view of the Cathedral York 1795 .The reverse has a view of the castle and drawbridge. The edge says York 1223 Cathedral Rebuilt 1076A.D. . Its half a penny the diameter is 28.7 mm 1.8 thick. And weighs 7.18 grm.. Its a wonderful token and as i say read the history. Why did they make such a beautiful token . Because the English are probably one of the best in record keeping. I could not put every detail every name. But i told the tokens story. Thanks stay safe.

Please Enlarge the pictures the name is on the bottom of what your looking at. Thanks Mike..


The MoKe

Level 6

Mike B, glad I found this, you got buried in a sea of coins and currency photographed on bedding. It sure is a beauty and the history behind it is always the most fascinating aspect. Thanks for sharing!!!!


Level 5

Mike, you have shattered my psyche. LOL I really liked the movie Braveheart! When I have the occasion to see it again, I'll enjoy it only for its entertainment value rather than its historical accuracy. In all seriousness, I only ever enjoyed it for its entertainment value. Nice token and interesting history. Those Vikings really raised a lot of Cain in those days. There is a Viking museum in Reykjavik that I have my eye on visiting when I go to Iceland in October IF all the travel restrictions are lifted by then.


Level 6

Enjoy reading the history. Beautiful token.


Level 6

Beautiful token. Nice history lesson as well. You told us just enough to make us research more on our own. I can't believe the movies would get history wrong..hahah Thanks Mike.

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