Trade token (reverse), Halfpenny (proof), of Dundee, Angus

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Trade token (reverse), Halfpenny (proof), of Dundee, Angus

This is the reverse of a copper proof halfpenny trade token of Dundee in Angus. Dated 1797, the token was designed by James Wright Junior and manufactured by Kempson. The die-sinker was Wyon.

The reverse depicts a man working or 'heckling' flax. The surrounding text reads '3.336 TONS FLAX & HEMP IMPORTED HERE IN 1796: VALUE. L.160.128-'.

Trade tokens varied in quality from crude lead discs stamped with initials to elaborate pieces of craftwork from the die-sinkers with vivid depictions of industrial or commercial scenes.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-332-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1995.331
Date: 1797
Material: Copper; some lustre, no evidence of wear. Inscription: Obv: view of an ancient fortress; above, DUNDEE HALFPENNY . / 1797; below, DUDHOPE CASTLE / FOUND.D 1660 . / CONVERTED
Dimensions: 29 mm D / Die Axis: 11.5
What: Trade token, half penny
Subject: Trade tokens
Who: J. Wright (Designer)
Where: Scotland, Angus, Dundee, Dudhope Castle
Description: Copper halfpenny trade token of Dundee, designed by J. Wright, 1797
  • Calder, J. 'The Wealth of a Nation'. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989 pp. 179-80 
  • Dalton and Hamer, ANgusshire 18 
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