Trade token (obverse), Halfpenny, of Dundee, Angus

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Trade token (obverse), Halfpenny, of Dundee, Angus

This is the obverse of a 1796 copper halfpenny trade token of Dundee in Angus. The token was manufactured by Kempson and designed by James Wright Junior. The die-sinker was Wyon.

The obverse depicts Dundee Infirmary, founded in 1794

Ten hundredweight of tokens representing the Infirmary were struck. Trade tokens varied in quality from crude lead discs stamped with initials to elaborate pieces of craftwork from the die-sinkers with vivid depictions of industrial or commercial scenes.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-350-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.IV.20.70
Date: 1796
Material: Copper; moderate wear. Inscription: Obv.: DUNDEE HALFPENNY / 1796 / INFIRMARY FOUNDED / 1794; within a sunken oval panel, a view of a large building, with I . W . I . DESIGN below. Rev.: MARE ET COMMERCIUM COLIMUS .; view of a harbour, with a ship alongs
Dimensions: Diameter 27.50 x 28.00 mm; weight 8.48 g; die axis 6.0
What: Coin Type: Dalton and Hamer, Angusshire 16a
Trade token
Subject: Trade Tokens
Who: P. Kempson (Manufacturer)
Where: England, Birmingham
Scotland, Angus, Dundee
Description: Copper halfpenny trade token of Dundee, Angus, 1796
  • Calder, J. 'The Wealth of a Nation'. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989 pp. 179-80 
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