Trade token (reverse), Halfpenny, of E Campbell, Edinburgh

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Trade token (reverse), Halfpenny, of E Campbell, Edinburgh

This is the reverse of a copper halfpenny trade token of E Campbell. a tobacconist in Edinburgh. Dated 1796, the token was manufactured by James of London.

The reverse depicts two crossed pipes with a snuff jar, labelled 37, below. The jar sits between two thistles. The surrounding text reads 'SAINT ANDREWS STREET EDINBURGH'.

Tobacco reached Scotland from America in the early 17th century and smoking soon became popular. Tobacco was smoked in clay pipes, which were cheap and disposable. It was not until the mid 18th century that snuff-taking became more popular than smoking.

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Online ID: 000-190-001-991-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1932.331
Date: 1796
Material: Copper; very slight wear. Inscription: Obv.: PAYABLE AT CAMPBELLS SNUFF SHOP; bust of a Turk to left, smoking a pipe; below, JAMES, in small letters, and an ornament. Rev.: ornament SAINT ANDREWS STREET EDINBURGH .; a snuff jar, labelled 37, between two
Dimensions: Diameter 30.50 x 30.00 mm; weight 10.01 g; die axis 5.0
What: Coin Type: Dalton and Hamer, Lothian 14
Trade token
Subject: Trade Tokens
Who: E. Campbell (Issuer)
James (Manufacturer)
Where: England, London
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Copper halfpenny trade token of E. Campbell, Edinburgh, Lothian, 1796
  • Dalton, R & Hamer, S.H. 'The Provincial Token-Coinage of the 18th Century, Illustrated, Part XII: Scotland'. 1916 p. (v) 
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