1853 Henry Monteith & Co Bridge Tokens

 

1853 Blantyre Suspension Bridge Token

1853 Blantyre Suspension Bridge Token

Thanks to Yosef Sa’ar who sent in this photo of the Blantyre Suspension Bridge token from 1853. Actually this one is quite rare, dating to 1853, just a year after the bridge opened. The token would have been collected at the toll booth and would permit the crossing of one side of the bridge at Blantyre to the other side at Bothwell. Tokens were later collected from a resident who lived at the corner of Waterloo Row.

Yosef collects rare tokens from bridges from all over the world.

This particular token is today worth around £75, and I would imagine to be quite the collectors item, regardless of where you live.

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