Trade token (obverse), Halfpenny, of Thomas Scott, Gatehouse, Kirkcudbrightshire

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Trade token (obverse), Halfpenny, of Thomas Scott, Gatehouse, Kirkcudbrightshire

This is the obverse of a copper halfpenny trade token of Thomas Scott of Gatehouse in Kirkcudbrightshire. Dated 1793, the token was manufactured by Waring. The die-sinker was Davies.

The obverse depicts a griffin - a mythical animal with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion. The surrounding text reads 'GATEHOUSE HALFPENNY'.

In the second half of the 18th century, the government's failure to issue adequate small change resulted in traders and companies issuing their own token coinage. Circulated locally, these tokens could be used to buy goods or redeemed for regal coinage.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-362-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1926.472
Date: 1793
Material: Copper; slight to moderate wear. Inscription: Obv.: GATEHOUSE HALFPENNY; griffin facing left; IMPERO on ribbon above. Rev.: rosette PAYABLE AT THE HOUSE OF THOs. SCOTT . & Co.; a large building; below, . 1793 .. Edge plain.
Dimensions: Diameter 28.00 mm; weight 9.14 g; die axis 6.0
What: Coin Type: Dalton and Hamer, Kirkcudbrightshire 1
Trade token
Subject: Trade Tokens
Who: Thomas Scott (Issuer)
Waring (Manufacturer)
Where: England, uncertain mint
Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Gatehouse
Description: Copper halfpenny trade token of Thomas Scott, Gatehouse, Kirkcudbrightshire, 1793
  • Dalton, R & Hamer, S.H. 'The Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th Century, Illustrated, Part XII: Scotland'. 1916 p. (iii) 
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