James Bissett's Spinning Woman Old Bridge & Town Montrose Halfpenny 1796


James Bissett’s Montrose (Angus) copper halfpenny token dated 1796. Obverse: Distant view of town and old wooden bridge with legend: “MARE DITAT. MONTROSE”. Reverse: Woman sitting at spinning wheel with legend: “SURE ARE THE REWARD’S OF INDUSTRY 1796”. Edge inscription: “PAYABLE BY I BISSETT & SON MONTROSE”. James Bissett and Son were flax spinners and manufacturers in Back Street, Montrose. The old wooden bridge on the obverse had just been built at the cost of nearly £13,000.00 and was the pride of the town. Nice collectable condition, reverse weakly struck as usual for type, see photograph.

D&H Angusshire No: 28. Diameter 29.1mm. VF+. £45.00

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