John Robertson's Newcastle upon Tyne Silversmith's Half Crown 1811

John Robertson's (Northumberland) silver half crown (two shillings and sixpence) token dated 1811. Obverse: Arms of Newcastle with legend: “PAYABLE BY JOHN ROBERTSON * NEWCASTLE ON TYNE *”. Reverse: Commerce seated on bale holding cornucopia and spear with a sailing ship on the horizon and legend: “NORTHUMBERLAND & DURHAM XXX PENCE TOKEN 1811”. Plain edge. John Robertson inherited his uncle's silversmith business at an early age. His lack of business acumen and desire to make quick progress resulted in his bankruptcy in 1821. Good collectable condition, see photograph.

Dalton Northumberland No: 1. Diameter 31.2mm. (↑↓) VF-. £125.00

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