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Title: Anglesey copper penny
Item Name: Trade

Description:

Two copper pennies of the Anglesey copper mining company. Hooded druid's head on obverse; monogram on reverse. One token has writing on the edge- 'On demand in London or Anglesey'. These tokens were produced from 1787 by Thomas Williams, who owned a major copper mine at Parys on Anglesey. They were produced in order to pay his workforce in good quality reliable coinage, the official small change at the time being scarce and often extremely worn and compromised by numerous forgeries of varying quality. Initially made at Holywell, production of the tokens was later transferred to Birmingham, where vast quantities of pennies and halfpennies were produced in the next few years. Their excellent standard meant they were inevitably used in general circulation.


Year: 1787-1788
Materials: copper
Measurements: Diam:3.2cm; Wt:21.24/27.48g
ID_Number: ERYMS (BAG) : 1998.595