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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 center of the A of LACESSIT; the top leaf of the right hand thistle points to the period. 1 of the date between the edge of the robe and the toe of the right foot; 7 under the heel of the right foot; 9 under the left foot; 0 under the space to the right of 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. No 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, 19; D&H Lothian 27)
From a late state of the obverse die. Choice uncirculated.
Hutchison (T & A), Thomas Hutchison (1744-1812) and his brother, Alexander (1743-1823) merchants, Edinburgh.
Ex. A H Baldwin