More Reales! These the ones kept at New Lanark, overstamped with the mark of those mills. As we saw the other day, Blantyre had them too during the early 19th Century. Here’s another example. BLANTYRE WORKS in a circle around 5/- in a circle. The countermark exists on a dollar of Ferdinand VII, 1814, […]
Eric Hodge has sent these photos in of a “coin” marked “Blantyreworks”. These coins are Mexican 8 Reales (Dollars) and were used at a time when coinage in Britain was scarce (possibly due to the wars with France). These coins are silver, and were overstamped with usually the 5/- mark and used at New […]
In June 2015, Blantyre man Jim Cochrane sent me 2 intriguing photos of a coin which his grandfather had found whilst ploughing fields at Calderside Farm. Given Jim’s interesting association with Calderside, it is assumed the coin was found several decades ago. It is 32mm in diameter, around 3mm thick and made of copper. It […]
Pictured here is an 1895 David Livingstone Coin. Made of bronze, Allan Wyon was the Sculptor and the coin features David Livingstone, 1813 – 1873. It was circulated in Africa and Scotland and later at Blantyre at David Livingstone Centre (birthplace). If you have one tucked away in a drawer, its worth over £100!
Incredibly, there is some documented evidence of Roman settlement or commerce here in Blantyre. We’re just about as far North as the Romans managed to get, with a documented settlement at Strathclyde Park. However, in 1929, a local Blantyre boy found a Roman coin on the site of the current HSBC in Hamilton Technology Park […]