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Feast & Fast

The Art of Food in Europe, 1500 – 1800

209: Token/halfpenny with three coneys

The inscription on Hugh Conny’s token reveals that he operated in Caxton and Elsworth, neighbouring villages 9 miles west of Cambridge. The design of three rabbits, or coneys, is a play on his surname, but whether he actually traded in rabbits is unknown. Conny may have known Robert Millard, a baker based in Caxton, whose token with a pie crust is displayed nearby.

Issued by Hugh Conny, Caxton, Cambridgeshire, England, 1666

Copper alloy

On loan to The Fitzwilliam Museum from Queens’ College, Cambridge (CM.QC.1556-R)

Token/halfpenny with three coneys
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