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Cornish Metal Company, Copper Halfpenny, 1791 (D&H Cornwall 2)

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Cornish Metal Company, Copper Halfpenny, 1791, obv A Druid's head facing left within an oak wreath, rev A shield of arms beneath a coronet. Around the perimeter CORNISH COPPER HALF AN OUNCE 1791, edge plain, in collar (Conder p.26, 1; Pye p.15, 2; Virt p.2; Atkins p. 17, 2; D&H Cornwall 2)

A full half ounce of 18th c copper. From dies engraved by Jean-Pierre Droz and struck by Matthew Boulton..

The Cornish Metal Company, was set up in 1785 as the marketing component of the county's united miners. The company essentially failed and, by 1787, was taken over by Thomas Williams who then controlled sales until, at least, 1792.