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Trade token (reverse), Halfpenny, of Edinburgh

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Trade token (reverse), Halfpenny, of Edinburgh
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This is the reverse of a copper halfpenny trade token of Edinburgh. Dated 1796, the token was designed by James Wright Junior and manufactured by Kempson. Only 100 of these tokens are said to have been struck.

The reverse depicts Britannia seated, with a sailing ship to the left. Britannia is the female warrior figure who personifies Great Britain or the British Empire. She wears a helmet and holds a trident.

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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