Trade token (obverse), Penny, of Paisley, Renfrewshire

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Trade token (obverse), Penny, of Paisley, Renfrewshire

This is the obverse of a copper penny trade token of Paisley in Renfrewshire. Dated 1798 and designed by R Boog Junior, this private token is a fine example of the die-sinker's art.

The obverse depicts a bishop wearing a mitre and holding a pastoral staff. Shields of arms are to his left and right and below. The surrounding text reads 'PAISLEY PENNY/ARMS 1798'.

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: 000-100-103-367-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1954.467
Date: 1798
Material: Copper; slight traces of lustre; no evidence of wear. Inscription: Obv.: PAISLEY PENNY ornament ARMS 1798 ornament; a bishop standing facing; shields of arms to each side and below; around bottom of inner area, P . K . SCULPSIT R . BOOG . IUN . DES .. Re
Dimensions: Diameter 36.50 mm; weight 21.77 g; die axis 12.0
What: Coin Type: Dalton and Hamer, Renfrewshire 1
Trade token
Subject: Trade Tokens
Who: P. Kempson (Manufacturer)
R. Boog Junior (Issuer)
Where: England, Birmingham
Scotland, Renfrewshire, Paisley, Paisley Abbey
Description: Copper penny trade token of Paisley, Renfrewshire, 1798
  • Dalton, R & Hamer, S.H. 'The Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th Century, Illustrated, Part XII: Scotland'. 1916 p. (iii) 
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