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There are several varieties of masonic coins/tokens. Almost all masonic tokens will fall into one of the following categories - A token celebrating a particular mason, lodge or event, an initiaion token showing when you were initiated, passed and raised and finally the mark mason token which has ceremonial significance. One last category having only one member from the masonic family, is currency. In the late 18th century, Brother Sketchly over in England minted the first and only masonic currency. It took the form of a 28mm copper coin and was accepted as currency throughout the entire british empire, which at the time was most of the world. I've collected quite a few of these and have started cataloging them for online reference.

James Sketchley Masonic Tokens

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Masonic Penny - This coin is a few mm larger than the others as it is a penny rather than a half penny. It's symbology is similar to the others but with different text. Noteably 'Pro Bono Publico' which means 'For Public Good'

Front Reads: MASONIC PENNY 1795

There are three variations of this symbol, this is the first with there being no dot next to Beauty of Fuit. This variation features solid rays coming down from the all seeing eye.

Front Reads: SIT LUX ET LUX FUIT, WISDOM STRENGTH & BEAUTY

This variation with a dot next to Fuit features dotted rays. There are two variations of the reverse of this coin, one has a comma after NOV with no ribs on the beavers, the other with no comma and ribs.

Front Reads: SIT LUX ET LUX FUIT, WISDOM STRENGTH & BEAUTY

Having a dot next to both Fuit and Beauty the third variation has alternating solid and dotted rays.

Front Reads: SIT LUX ET LUX FUIT, WISDOM STRENGTH & BEAUTY

Portrait of George, Prince of Wales (Later King George IV) who was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England in 1794.

Front Reads: GEO PRINCE OF WALES HALFPENNY

Profile of George, Prince of Wales.

Front Reads: GEORGE PRINCE OF WALES

Profile of Fred, Duke of York. There are two variations of the reverse of this coin, the first is the same as the others. The second has a different symbol at the very bottom.

Front Reads: FRED DUKE OF YORK HALFPENNY 1795

East Grinstead Halfpenny

Front Reads: IHB EAST GRINSTEAD HALFPENNY 1795



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Notice the Compass inside Square within crest. The crest is the emblem of the Grand Lodge of England as well as the official emblem of Brother Sketchley's lodge (Adopted about 10 years prior to minting). The beavers on either side represent industry as they methodically construct large damns.

Top: All seeing eye & G
Bottom (Left to right): Bible, Setting Maul, Trowel, Plumb, Square, Compass

Do you have one of these coins? If you would like to sell it, please contact mike@masonicrings.com

Ebay buyers beware: There are a number of fakes floating around now and even high feedback ebay coin dealers are in some cases mistakenly selling them as authenic.

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