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Glasgow halfpenny token, 1791. The obverse depicts a river god reclining to the right, representing a personification of 'Father Clyde'. His right hand holds an overturned pitcher inscribed 'CLYDE' from which water is issuing. The pitcher represents the source of the Clyde. The inscription reads 'NUNQVAM ARESCERE', (never dry up), followed by the date, MDCCXCI (1791)
The reverse shows the coat of arms of Glasgow, consisting of a tree in full leaf with a bird on it, a bell hanging from it and a salmon half way up. The inscription reads 'LET GLASGOW FLOURISH. An inscription around the edge of the token reads 'PAYABLE AT EDINBURGH GLASGOW & DUMFRIES'.

The famous numismatist R. C. Bell (1971-2002) considered this token to be "one of the most beautiful tokens of the whole eighteenth century series." This halfpenny token was also struck in silver and brass, as well as copper, as shown here.
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dia 28.1mm (dia 1 1/8")
1.8mm (1/16")
w 9.08g
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