Two Quartos or Quarts, Issued by James Spittle or Spittles, Gibraltar, 1820
Mint not recorded
Lion seated facing left holding a key in its right paw; around above, PAYABLE AT JAMES SPITTLE'S; below, GIBRALTAR
Tower of Honour of the Moorish Castle, around above, VALE DOS QUARTOS; in exergue, 1820
The Moorish Castle, of which the Tower of Homage and terraces are depicted on the token, was originally built in the 8th century AD. There appears to be a family group (James Spittle's?) of two adults and three children standing in the main tower window.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Type of item
8.33 g (Weight)
KM#Tn9 Pridmore 25
[Book] Pridmore, Fred. 1960. The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations Part 1, European Territories.
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900.