Anglesey Parys Mines Druid Halfpenny 1791

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Parys Mine Company (Anglesey) copper halfpenny token dated 1791. Obverse: Hooded bust of a Druid to the left within a wreath of eighteen acorns. Reverse: Cypher of “PMCo” (Parys Mine Company), in centre with legend: “THE ANGLESEY MINES HALFPENNY • 1791”. Edge inscription: PAYABLE IN ANGLESEY OR LONDON” the remainder engrailed. 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: 390. Diameter 28.9mm. VF+. £30.00

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