The Collection of Scottish Tokens Formed by the Late Michael Paterson
Michael Paterson (1945 - 2019)
Michael was born in Leith, Scotland, on 12 January 1945, and from a young age was interested in collecting things. Firstly stamps, but at the age of 13 it was coins that was to become a lifetime interest. His collection of coins and tokens reflected Edinburgh and Leith, where he was born, but also Fife, to where his family moved when he was 15 years old. His mother was originally from Worcester, which accounts for his additional interest in tokens from that county as well. Michael was not interested in the internet until he discovered its use for adding to his collection, and before long packages were arriving in Inverness from all over the world; Michael and all his postmen were on first-name terms. He would spend many nights in his study searching for items to add to his collection, which is one of the most comprehensive of its kind ever put together and rivals that of the Scottish series put together by Norman Brodie and David McDonald, both of which were sold by DNW in the early years of the present century. Michael was a familiar face at token auctions and the annual Token Congress for many years – he sadly died on 17 January 2019.