Trade token (reverse), Halfpenny, of Smith & Wilson, Brechin, Angus

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Trade token (reverse), Halfpenny, of Smith & Wilson, Brechin, Angus

This is the reverse of a copper halfpenny trade token of Smith and Wilson of Brechin in Angus. The token is dated 1801.

The reverse depicts a building with a waterwheel at the side. The surrounding text reads 'EAST MILL/BRECHIN/1801'.

The shortage of change was eased in 1797 when Boulton and Watt produced their 'Cartwheel' issue of copper coins. Production of tokens tailed off and, after a revival in the first quarter of the 19th century, they were finally declared illegal in 1817.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-959-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.1958.2
Date: 1801
Material: Copper; traces of lustre; slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: PAYABLE BY SMITH AND WILSON; view of a church; CHURCH in exergue. Rev.: EAST MILL; a building with a waterwheel; in exergue, BRECHIN / 1801. Edge plain, in collar.
Dimensions: Diameter 28.50 mm; weight 9.86 g; die axis 6.0
What: Coin Type: Dalton and Hamer, Angusshire 8
Trade token
Subject: Trade Tokens
Who: Smith and Wilson (Issuers)
Where: England, uncertain mint
Scotland, Angus, Brechin
Description: Copper halfpenny trade token of Smith and Wilson, Brechin, Angus, 1801
  • Calder, J. 'The Wealth of a Nation'. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989 pp. 179-80 
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