Trade token (obverse), Penny, of Inveraray Castle, Argyll

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Trade token (obverse), Penny, of Inveraray Castle, Argyll

This is the obverse of a copper penny trade token of Inveraray Castle in Argyll. The token is dated 1797.

The obverse depicts Inveraray Castle with the inscription 'Jacobs' below. The surrounding text reads 'INVERARAY CASTLE'.

Between 1787 and 1817 over 10,000 different types of trade token were issued to ease the shortage of small change. The contemporary fascination with tokens resulted in them becoming collectors' items. Some tokens were issued purely for collecting.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-357-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1948.309
Date: 1797
Material: Copper; no evidence of wear. Inscription: Obv.: INVERARAY CASTLE, on a raised rim; view of castle; 'Jacobs' below. Rev.: BRITISH . PENNY . / 1797 ., on a raised rim; cypher of TG between crossed palm branches. Around rim, I PROMISE TO PAY ON DEMAND THE
Dimensions: Diameter 33.50 mm; weight 26.16 g; die axis 11.5
What: Coin Type: Dalton and Hamer, Argyllshire 2
Trade token
Subject: Trade Tokens
Who: T. Gorton (Issuer)
Where: England, uncertain mint
Scotland, Argyll, Inveraray Castle
Description: Copper penny trade token of Inveraray Castle, Argyll, 1797
  • Calder, J. 'The Wealth of a Nation'. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989 pp. 179-80 
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