Scarce Anglesey Parys Mines Druid Halfpenny 1788


Scarce Parys Mines Company (Anglesey) copper halfpenny token dated 1788. Obverse: Druids head to left within wreath of twenty three acorns. Reverse: Script cypher of: "PMCo" (Parys Mines Company in centre with legend: "THE ANGLESEY MINES HALFPENNY 1788". Edge inscription: "PAYABLE IN ANGLESEY LONDON OR LIVERPOOL X". 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. Listed in Dalton & Hamer as: “SCARCE”. Good collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Anglesey No: 351. Diameter 29.3mm. VF. £25.00

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