Patrick Maxwell's Flax & Double-Headed Eagle Perth Halfpenny 1797


Patrick Maxwell's Perth (Perthshire) copper halfpenny token dated 1797. Obverse: A hank of yarn above a package of dressed flax with legend: "PERTH HALFPENNY 1797". Reverse: Coat of Arms of the City of Perth consisting of double-headed eagle with shield, displaying lamb holding saltire flag, on breast and legend: "PRO REGE LEGE ET GREGE". Edge inscription: "PAYABLE AT THE HOUSE OF PAT. K MAXWELL X X ". Patrick Maxwell was a grocer and spirit dealer on the High Street in Perth, the firm later becoming Maxwell & Son. The hank of yarn and bale of flax refers to the linen trade in the town which was its main industry at the time of the token’s issue. Good collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Perthshire No: 5. Diameter 29.7mm. VF+. £35.00

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