Trade token (reverse), Halfpenny, of Alexander Swap, Dundee, Angus

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Trade token (reverse), Halfpenny, of Alexander Swap, Dundee, Angus

This is the reverse of a copper halfpenny trade token of Alexander Swap 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 view of a ruined gateway. The text around the edge reads 'COWGATE PORT/THE LAST REMAINS OF OUR ANCIENT WALLS'.

Dundee was protected by defences from the end of the 16th century until around 1646. The Cowgait Port, at the eastern limit of the town, marked one of the former gateways into the town.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-958-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1958.3
Date: 1797
Material: Copper; moderate wear; part of reverse legend obscured owing to faulty striking . Inscription: Obv.: DUNDEE HALFPENNY / ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH FOUND.D 1772; view of church; 1797 above. Rev.: * COWGATE PORT * / THE LAST REMAINS OF OUR ANCI [ENT WAL] LS; view
Dimensions: Diameter 28.50 mm; weight 11.24 g; die axis 6.0
What: Coin Type: Dalton and Hamer, Angusshire 21b (addenda)
Trade token
Subject: Trade Tokens
Who: Alexander Swap (Issuer)
P. Kempson (Manufacturer)
Where: England, Birmingham
Scotland, Angus, Dundee
Description: Copper halfpenny trade token of Alexander Swap, Dundee, Angus, 1797
  • Dalton, R & Hamer, S.H. 'The Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th Century, Illustrated, Part XII: Scotland'. 1916 p. (ii) 
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