Trade token (obverse), Halfpenny, of E Campbell, Edinburgh

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Trade token (obverse), Halfpenny, of E Campbell, Edinburgh

This is the obverse of a copper halfpenny trade token of E Campbell, a tobacconist in Edinburgh. Dated 1796, the token was manufactured by James of London.

The obverse depicts a the head of a Turk. He is wearing a turban and smoking a pipe. The surrounding text reads 'PAYABLE AT CAMPBELL'S SNUFF SHOP'.

Tobacco taking was popular in Scotland from the mid-17th century. Scots became addicted to it in all its forms, whether by smoking, chewing or snuffing. Much of the tobacco was grown in Turkey.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-371-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.331
Date: 1796
Material: Copper; very slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: PAYABLE AT CAMPBELLS SNUFF SHOP; bust of a Turk to left, smoking a pipe; below, JAMES, in small letters, and an ornament. Rev.: ornament SAINT ANDREWS STREET EDINBURGH .; a snuff jar, labelled 37, between two
Dimensions: Diameter 30.50 x 30.00 mm; weight 10.01 g; die axis 5.0
What: Coin Type: Dalton and Hamer, Lothian 14
Trade token
Subject: Trade Tokens
Who: E. Campbell (Issuer)
James (Manufacturer)
Where: England, London
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Copper halfpenny trade token of E. Campbell, Edinburgh, Lothian, 1796
  • Dalton, R & Hamer, S.H. 'The Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th Century, Illustrated, Part XII: Scotland'. 1916 p. (v) 
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