Skip to main content

Feast & Fast

The Art of Food in Europe, 1500 – 1800

206: Coffee shop token/halfpenny with a coffee pot

The Fitzwilliam Museum has several tokens for local tradesmen relating to food. This one, inscribed ‘John Marston in Trumpington Street, Cambridge’, has a hand pouring coffee from a pot into four cups set on a table. The exact location of Marston’s coffee shop is unknown, but it was likely to have been a favourite haunt of students, serving food and alcohol as well as coffee. Isaac Newton may well have frequented it in the early 1660s, when a student at Trinity.

Issued by John Marston, Cambridge, England, 1648 –72

Copper alloy

Acquired in 1908 (CM.BI.317-R)

Coffee shop token/halfpenny with a coffee pot
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn RSS feed for events RSS feed for stories
University of Cambridge Museums logo Designation scheme Logo Accredited Museum status logo Cambridge City Council Logo Arts Council England Logo Research England logo