Trade token (obverse), Halfpenny (proof), of Anderson Leslie & Company, Edinburgh

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Trade token (obverse), Halfpenny (proof), of Anderson Leslie & Company, Edinburgh

This is the obverse of a copper proof halfpenny trade token of Anderson Leslie & Company of Edinburgh. Dated 1797, the token was designed by James Wright Junior and manufactured by Kempson. The die-sinker was Wyon.

The obverse depicts a public building with 'NEW/UNIVERSITY' underneath. The surrounding text reads 'EDINBURGH HALFPENNY PAYE BY ANDERSON LESLIE & Co'.

The building represented is Edinburgh University's 'Old College'. Designed by Robert Adam, the building was begun in 1789 and completed in 1818-1834. Today this building is the administrative centre of the university as well as holding the Faculty of Law.

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Online ID: 000-100-083-198-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1995.388
Date: 1797
Material: Copper; no evidence of wear. Inscription: Obv: EDINBURGH HALFPENNY PAYE BY ANDERSON LESLIE & Co, around; view of a public building; 1797, above tower; WRIGHT DES, on ground; NEW UNIVERSITY, below / Rev: star NEU SEGNES JACEANT TERRAE star ETIAM MONTES CON
Dimensions: 28 mm / Die Axis: 6.0
What: Token Type: D&H 7
Trade token, halfpenny
Subject: Trade tokens
Who: Anderson, Leslie and Company, Edinburgh (Issuer)
Edinburgh University
J. Wright (Designer)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Copper halfpenny trade token of Anderson, Leslie and Co., Edinburgh, designed by J. Wright, 1797
  • Dalton and Hamer, Lothian 7 
  • Dalton, R & Hamer, S.H. 'The Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th Century, Illustrated, Part XII: Scotland'. 1916 p. (iv-v) 
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