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|Collection:||Coins & Medals|
|Date:||1790 - 1790|
In the years around 1800 there was a serious shortage of silver coins in Britain. To remedy this some businesses countermarked foreign silver coins and put them into circulation as private token
money. The Thistle Bank, founded in Glasgow in 1761, has stamped this silver tallero of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and valued it at four shillings and ninepence sterling (24p). The use of such countermarked tokens was banned in 1813.
|Purchased from Bristol City Museum.|