Velnos’ Vegetable Syrup, Swainson token

Date Ca 1781
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Rarity Very Rare
John Burrows, Doctor of Physic, patented a vegetable syrup in 1772. However, P. Mercier and J. Swainson introduced a competitive product in 1781, the Velno’s Vegetable syrup to treat venereal disease but also the gout, rheumatism, palsy, apoplexy, impotency, barrenness, scrofula, consumption and scurvy.

Reference & Photo Credit: Gerald D. Hart, English token coins and Medicine, Canad. Med. Ass. J., 95, 1966