Trade token (obverse), Halfpenny, of Glasgow

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Trade token (obverse), Halfpenny, of Glasgow

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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Online ID: 000-100-103-365-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.XII.19.22
Date: 1794
Material: Copper; traces of lustre; very slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: NUNQUAM ARESCERE; river-god facing right, reclining on an urn, inscribed CLYDE, from which water flows; in exergue, MDCCXCI. Rev.: PRO BONO PUBLICO; ship sailing to right; 1794 in exergue. Ed
Dimensions: Diameter 28.00 mm; weight 7.87 g; die axis 7.0
What: Coin Type: Dalton and Hamer, Lanarkshire 8a
Trade token
Subject: Trade Tokens
Where: England, uncertain mint
Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Copper halfpenny trade token of Glasgow, Lanarkshire, 1794
  • Dalton, R & Hamer, S.H. 'The Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th Century, Illustrated, Part XII: Scotland'. 1916 p. (iv) 
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