Birmingham Mining & Copper Company Halfpenny Token Very Fine
Another interesting and attractive 18th-century copper token for our growing band of collectors. This time from Warwickshire, issued by the Birmingham Mining & Copper Company between 1791-94. The company was set up in 1790, after the failure of various other ventures, to provide the huge industrial centre of Birmingham with its own copper smelters and to attempt to counter the dominance of the Anglesey and Cornish mining interests. These lovely tokens feature a female figure seated on a rock holding fasces (a bundle of wooden rods and an axe bound together by leather straps which was a symbol in ancient times of power and authority) with the legend BIRMIGHAM MINING AND COPPER COMPANY with the date below. The reverse features a stork standing on a cornucopiae with the legend HALFPENNY PAYABLE AT. The edge inscription states the locations at which these tokens were redeemable Birmingham, Redruth, Swansea, Bangor, Reading, Liverpool or London.