Scarce Nicol's Montrose Lunatic Asylum Halfpenny 1799

Scarce Andrew Nicol’s Montrose copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1799. Obverse: Arms of the Duke of Montrose: “MONTROSE HALFPENNY 1799”. The crest is a falcon preying on a heron lying on it’s back, with a stork supporter either side. Reverse: View of the Lunatic Asylum: “MONTROSE LUNATIC HOSPITAL, ERECTED BY SUBSCRIPTION 1781”. Edge inscription: “PAYABLE BY ANDREW NICOL TOBACONIST X”. Listed in Dalton & Hamer as “SCARCE”. Andrew Nicol was a tobacconist with a shop in the High Street of Montrose. Reasonable collectable condition for type with the usual edge cuds resulting from damaged dies, see photograph.

D&H Angusshire No: 34. Diameter 29mm. F+. £50.00

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