Rare Anglesey Parys Mines Druid Penny 1788


Rare Welsh Parys Mine Company (Anglesey) copper penny token dated 1788. Obverse: Hooded bust of a Druid to the left, twenty two acorns in thin wreath. Reverse: Cypher of “PMC” (Parys Mine Company), with date, “1788” with legend: “WE PROMISE TO PAY THE BEARER ONE PENNY”. Edge inscription: “ON DEMAND IN LONDON LIVERPOOL OR ANGLESEY .X..”. Listed in Dalton & Hamer as: “R - RARE”. The Parys Mine Company was first to issue tokens, for payment to their workers, and general circulation, ahead of John Wilkinson the Shropshire Ironmaster. This precipitated the development of the whole commercial token series as catalogued by Dalton & Hamer. Nice collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Anglesey No: 140. Diameter 33.7mm. VF+. £85.00

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