Trade token (reverse), Halfpenny, of Gilbert Shearer & Company, Glasgow

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Trade token (reverse), Halfpenny, of Gilbert Shearer & Company, Glasgow

This is the reverse of a 1796 copper halfpenny trade token of Gilbert Shearer & Company of Glasgow.

The reverse depicts a river god, reclining on an urn inscribed 'CLYDE' from which water flows. The legend refers to the River Clyde never drying up. Below the date are the initials 'R.D.', probably those of Roger Dixon, a die-sinker from Birmingham.

Several tons of tokens were struck for Gilbert Shearer & Company at the Soho Mint. Circulated locally, trade tokens could be used to buy goods or redeemed for regal coinage. They were also an ideal way for a company to advertise its wares.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-989-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1961.769
Date: 1791
Material: Copper; very slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: LET GLASGOW FLOURISH; shield of arms. Rev.: NUNQUAM ARESCERE; river-god facing right, reclining on an urn, inscribed CLYDE, from which water flows; in exergue, MDCCXCI, with R . D ., in small letters, below.
Dimensions: Diameter 29.00 mm; weight 13.24 g; die axis 6.5
What: Coin Type: Dalton and Hamer, Lanarkshire 2
Trade token
Subject: Trade Tokens
Who: Gilbert Shearer and Co. (Issuers)
Where: England, Birmingham, Soho mint
Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Copper halfpenny trade token of Gilbert Shearer and Co., Glasgow, Lanarkshire, 1791
  • Dalton, R & Hamer, S.H. 'The Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th Century, Illustrated, Part XII: Scotland'. 1916 p. (iv) 
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