Very Rare Anglesey Parys Mines Druid Penny 1788

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Very Rare Parys Mine Company (Anglesey) copper penny token dated 1788. Obverse: Hooded bust of a Druid to the left with twenty five acorns in wreath, spur on last leaf on left above head. Reverse: Cypher of “PMC” (Parys Mine Company), with date, “1788” above and legend: “WE PROMISE TO PAY THE BEARER ONE PENNY”. Edge inscription: “ON DEMAND IN LONDON LIVERPOOL OR ANGLESEY X”. Listed in Dalton & Hamer as "RR - VERY 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 but scratch on obverse, see photograph.

D&H Anglesey No: 186. Diameter 33.7mm. VF+. £65.00

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