Anglesey Parys Mines Druid Halfpenny 1789


Parys Mine Company (Anglesey) copper halfpenny token dated 1789. Obverse: Hooded bust of a Druid to the left within wreath of twenty five acorns. Reverse: Cypher of “PMCo” (Parys Mine Company), with legend: “THE ANGLESEY MINES HALFPENNY • 1789”. 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. Nice collectable condition, see photograph.

D&H Anglesey No: 362. Diameter 29.1mm. VF+. £35.00

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