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Trade token (obverse), Halfpenny, of Glasgow

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Trade token (obverse), Halfpenny, of Glasgow
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This is the obverse of a 1794 copper halfpenny trade token of Glasgow.

The obverse depicts a river god facing right, reclining on an urn inscribed 'CLYDE', from which water flows. The legend refers to the River Clyde never drying up.

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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