Glasgow City & River God Halfpenny 1791

Glasgow (Lanarkshire) copper Conder 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, "NUNQUAM ARESCERE" (never dry up) "MDCCXCI", blank below date. Edge inscription, "PAYABLE IN LONDON", with the remainder engrailed. Bell, in his book "Commercial Coins 1787-1804", considers this as "one of the most beautiful tokens of the whole eighteenth century series". Good collectable condition with a little pitting on obverse, see photograph.

D&H Lanarkshire No: 3b. Diameter 27mm. F+. £20.00

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