Birmingham Mining & Copper Company Halfpenny 1792

Birmingham (Warwickshire) copper Conder halfpenny token dated 1792. Obverse: Female holding fasces, seated on large rock, “BIRMINGHAM MINING AND COPPER COMPANY 1792”. Reverse: Stork standing on cornucopia, “HALFPENNY PAYABLE AT”. Edge inscription: “BIRMINGHAM REDRUTH & SWANSEA”, followed by fascinating chemical symbols for gold, mercury, lead, silver, copper, tin and iron, appropriate for a mining token. The Birmingham Mining and Copper Company was connected with Redruth, Cornwall, where they owned mines, and Swansea, which was the centre of the smelting trade. Good collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Warwickshire No: 85. Diameter 29.8mm. VF+. £25.00

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