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Thomas & Alexander Hutchison, Commercial Halfpenny, 1790 Obv A figure of St. Andrew with his cross, between thistles. Around the perimeter NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSIT. In Ex: 1790 The top right hand corner of the cross points to the last limb of the L of LACESSIT; the middle leaf of the right hand thistle points to the period. 1 of the date under the edge of the robe; 7 under the heel of the right foot; 9 under the left foot; 0 under the edge of the robe. Rev The arms of Edinburgh upon a shield, between thistles, crest an anchor. Around the perimeter EDINBURGH HALFPENNY. Period after HALFPENNY. Four bands on the anchor stock. Top leaf on the right hand thistle points to the foot of the Y of HALFPENNY. Top leaf on the left hand thistle points to the second limb of the E of EDINBURGH. Edge PAYABLE AT THE WAREHOUSE OF THOS. & ALEXR. HUTCHISON (Atkins p. 312, 17; D&H Lothian 24)
Hutchison (T & A), Thomas Hutchison (1744-1812) and his brother, Alexander (1743-1823) merchants, Edinburgh.
Ex. A H Baldwin