Trade token (obverse), Penny, of Phoenix Iron Works, Glasgow

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Trade token (obverse), Penny, of Phoenix Iron Works, Glasgow

This is the obverse of a copper penny trade token of the Phoenix Iron Works in Glasgow. The token is dated 1813.

The obverse depicts the warehouse and factory with the surrounding text, 'PHOENIX IRON-WORKS/GLASGOW'.

The need for raw materials dictated where ironworks were established. Initially, the fuel used was charcoal, derived from wood. In the 18th century, coke, which burnt at a higher temperature and was made from coal, began to replace charcoal.

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Online ID: 000-100-048-178-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1949.244
Date: 1813
Material: Inscription: Obv. Phoenix Iron Works Glasgow / Rev. One penny token 1813
Dimensions: 35 mm D
What: Trade token
Subject: Trade tokens
Who: Phoenix Iron Works (Issuer)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Copper penny trade token of Phoenix Iron Works, Glasgow, 1813
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