John Robertson's Newcastle upon Tyne Silversmith's Shilling 1811

John Robertson's (Northumberland) silver shilling token dated 1811. Obverse: Arms of Newcastle with legend: “PAYABLE BY IOHN ROBERTSON * NEWCASTLE ON TYNE *”. Reverse: Commerce seated on bale holding cornucopia and spear with a sailing ship on the horizon and legend: “NORTHUMBERLAND & DURHAM 12D TOKEN 1811”. Diagonally milled 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. Nice collectable condition, see photograph.

Dalton Northumberland No: 11. Diameter 25.3mm. (↑↓) EF-. £75.00

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