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1792 Birmingham Mining And Copper Company Token

 
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 Posted 01/19/2021  2:25 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Lucky Cuss to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I realize that among Conder tokens, these are relatively quite common, but I've always thought this design to be especially meritorious from an artistic standpoint. This particular example exhibits less wear from circulation than many I've seen. It has the "Birmingham Redruth & Swansea" edge marking, plus a series of symbols for which I am ignorant as regards to their significance or meaning.







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 Posted 01/19/2021  2:32 pm  Show Profile   Check BigSilver's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add BigSilver to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful token.
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 Posted 01/19/2021  2:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add norantyki to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Much better than average - these were a genuine 'workhorse' issue, so not common in this grade. The cornucopia symbolizes plenty, and the Stork symbolizes fertility (possibly of the soil in this instance, as perched on the symbol of plenty). The obverse characterization is likely an 'Anglicized' version of liberty, as a seated female approximating Britannia is holding a fascis (without axe, which was optional) symbolizing juridical power.
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Very nice looking token.
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Here's a second example of this type I have, just a bit more used than the first (mostly evidenced by the greater degree of abrasion to the stork). This one has a die crack running across the whole diameter of the its obverse, from the "N" in "AND" all the way down to the "1" in the date. The edge reads, "Payable in Lancaster London or Bristol".





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plus a series of symbols for which I am ignorant as regards to their significance or meaning
Not 100% confident, but I think they're the astrological signs for the seven classical planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn - not in this order, but I don't recall the signs well enough offhand to tell the actual order).
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... I think they're the astrological signs for the seven classical planets...

Yep, that's it. Leaves open the question of why they'd be included on the edge.



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Sorry, misread the initial comment, I thought it was the symbolism of the devices you were uncertain of. Yes, they are astrological symbols - at this time, astrology was still considered a science akin to astronomy, and the symbols remained associated with Aristotelian balance (much like the concept of humors in the circulatory system). Their presence is likely an invocation of balance and stability.
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