1822 Original Antique Burntisland, Scotland Church Communion Token1822 Original Antique Burntisland, Scotland Church Communion Token

1822 Georgian era Burntisland, Scotland Communion Token


This small coin sized Georgian era Scottish church communion token or medal was found in Devon, England. It measures 7/8 inch x 5/8 inch and is made of early lead, as most are. They can also be found made of pewter, copper and brass, and were made in a variety of shapes and sizes. The earliest known example is from the 1560's. They were also issued in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other countries.

Communion tokens were issued to members of Reformed churches to provide entrance to the Lord's Supper. There were many types issued in Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries, eventually being replaced by communion cards. The Dunblane Museum in Stirling, Scotland has over 6000 tokens on display. They are an upcoming collectible, and we love them. Check out others, we have a collection to put up.

Text on this vintage token reads:
Side A: B'tisland (an abbreviation for Burntisland)
Side B: 1822

Burntisland is a former royal burgh and parish in Fife, Scotland, on the northern shore of the Firth of Forth. The name is probably a corruption of 'Brunt Land' meaning brown land. The earliest historical mention of the town was in the 12th century. It was then known as Wester Kinghorn or Little Kinghorn. The harbour was later sold to James V by the abbots of Dunfermline Abbey in exchange for a parcel of land. The land was granted royal burgh status by James V in 1541. When the status was confirmed in 1586, the settlement gained independence from the barony of Kinghorn and was then renamed Burntisland.

Condition as seen in photos. A wonderful and early Scottish historical piece, with these tokens becoming increasingly researched and collected in the field of coin and token collecting / exonumia. Join our store for alerts for more tokens, medals and coins.

Size: 7/8 inch x 5/8 inch

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1822 Original Antique Burntisland, Scotland Church Communion Token


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