Glasgow City & River God Halfpenny 1791


Glasgow (Lanarkshire) copper halfpenny token dated 1791. Obverse: City coat of arms consisting of a tree in full leaf, with a bird on it, a bell hanging from it, and a salmon half way up it! Legend: "LET GLASGOW FLOURISH". Reverse: Recumbent river god leaning on overturned pitcher representing the source of the Clyde with legend: "NUNQUAM ARESCERE" (never dry up) "MDCCXCI", blank below date. Edge inscription, "PAYABLE AT EDINBURGH GLASGOW & DUMFRIES". Bell, in his book "Commercial Coins 1787-1804", considers this as "one of the most beautiful tokens of the whole eighteenth century series". Nice collectable condition for type with slightly uneven colour, see photograph.

D&H Lanarkshire No: 3. Diameter 28.7mm. VF. £25.00

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