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CG04850

Scotland, Paisley Penny 1788, issued by James Wright

Regular price £500
Regular price Sale price £500

18th Century Token, Scotland, Renfrewshire, copper Penny, 1788, Paisley, view of the Abbey Church, inscription in exergue in two lines, the lower curving, FOUNDED . (CIRCITER) 1160., legend above ABBEY - CHURCH., rev. inverted die axis, view of interior of church, two line inscription in exergue, AUSPICIO / R.B., linear inner and outer circles surrounding with legend and date, +INTERIOR of the ABBEY- CHURCH. as REPAIRED in the ORIGINAL STILE. A.D.1788, weight 21.87g (D&H 2; Atkins p.326 - 2). Toned good extremely fine and rare.

Provenance:

This coin illustrated in "Coinage and Currency in Eighteenth Century Britain, The Provincial Coinage" by David W Dykes, page 260, number 279c, with an old Seaby ticket.

This token was issued by James Wright, from an affluent Dundee linen merchant family, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, a very keen architectural historian who wished to imbue his enthusiasm by the medium of such tokens. In collaboration with Peter Kempson he started to issue tokens from 1795 until his untimely death in April 1798 still under 30 years of age.

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