Trade token (obverse), Farthing, of Perth

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Trade token (obverse), Farthing, of Perth

This is the obverse of a copper farthing trade token of Perth. Dated 1798, the token was designed by Menzies and manufactured by Kempson. The die-sinker was Willets.

The obverse depicts an ancient tower with ships berthed at a quay. Underneath is the inscription, 'MONKS TOWER'. The surrounding text reads 'PERTH FARTHING 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: 000-100-103-385-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.213
Date: 1798
Material: Copper; slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: PERTH FARTHING 1798; an ancient tower, beside which are ships and a quay; in exergue, MONKS TOWER and an ornament. Rev.: IN OUR VICINITY ARE THE FINEST STREAMS & FIELDS FOR BLEACHING IN BRITAIN; a girl watering clot
Dimensions: Diameter 21.50 mm; weight 3.89 g; die axis 5.5
What: Coin Type: Dalton and Hamer, Perthshire 11
Trade token
Subject: Trade Tokens
Who: Kempson (Manufacturer)
Where: England, Warwickshire, Birmingham
Scotland, Perthshire, Perth
Description: Copper farthing trade token of Perth, 1798
  • Dalton, R & Hamer, S.H. 'The Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th Century, Illustrated, Part XII: Scotland'. 1916 p. (vi) 
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