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Copper halfpenny trade token of Patrick Maxwell, Perth, 1797. The obverse depicts a hank of yarn above a package of dressed flax. The inscription reads 'PERTH HALFPENNY 1797'.

The reverse shows the Coat of Arms of the City of Perth, consisting of a double-headed eagle with shield, displaying lamb holding a saltire flag. The inscription reads 'PRO REGE LEGE ET GREGE'. An inscription around the outer edge of the token reads '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.

This token was found at Huntingtower Castle, near Perth, which was built in the 15th century as the residence of the Ruthven family. By the late eighteenth century the castle was abandoned. Between 1805 and 1815 James Buchan used it as accommodation for workers at a cloth-printing factory.
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dia 29mm (dia 1 1/8")
1mm (1/16")
w 9.16g
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