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

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

This is the obverse of a copper halfpenny trade token of Alexander Swap of Dundee in Angus. Dated 1797, the token was designed by James Wright Junior and manufactured by Kempson. The die-sinker was Wyon.

The obverse depicts a church with a steeple, surrounded by the text, 'DUNDEE HALFPENNY/ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH FOUND.D 1772'.

Alexander Swap issued five hundredweight of tokens. Circulated locally, trade tokens could be used to buy goods or redeemed for regal coinage. They were also an ideal way for a company to advertise its wares.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-353-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1958.3
Date: 1797
Material: Copper; moderate wear; part of reverse legend obscured owing to faulty striking . Inscription: Obv.: DUNDEE HALFPENNY / ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH FOUND.D 1772; view of church; 1797 above. Rev.: * COWGATE PORT * / THE LAST REMAINS OF OUR ANCI [ENT WAL] LS; view
Dimensions: Diameter 28.50 mm; weight 11.24 g; die axis 6.0
What: Coin Type: Dalton and Hamer, Angusshire 21b (addenda)
Trade token
Subject: Trade Tokens
Who: Alexander Swap (Issuer)
P. Kempson (Manufacturer)
Where: England, Birmingham
Scotland, Angus, Dundee
Description: Copper halfpenny trade token of Alexander Swap, Dundee, Angus, 1797
  • Calder, J. 'The Wealth of a Nation'. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989 pp. 179-80 
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