Mary Lambe's Bath Camel & Tea Exchange Halfpenny 1794


Mary Lambe's Bath (Somerset) copper halfpenny token dated 1794. Obverse: Walking figure of camel carrying heavy load on it’s back, beneath a radiating sky with legend: "TEAS COFFEE SPICES & SUGAR.". Reverse: View of the ornate Georgian London Old East India House Tea Exchange building with legend: "INDIA HOUSE", "M. LAMBE & SON TEA-DEALERS & GROCERS BATH * 1794". Edge inscription: "PAYABLE BY X M. LAMBE & SON". Mary Lamb & Son were grocers and tea dealers of Stall Street in Bath. The camel beneath the rays of the eastern sun probably refers to the spices sold; it is also the crest of the Grocers’ Company. Nice collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Somerset No: 50. Diameter 29.2mm. VF+. £45.00

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