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CORNWALL. West Wheal Fortune Mine, Penny token.


Æ Penny token. Undated.  Diameter 34.4mm. Wt 18.65gm.  WEST WHEAL FORTUNE • ONE PENNY TOKEN • AROUND PRINCE OF Wales' plumes.  R. CORNISH MOUNT • ONE PENNY TOKEN • around view of St Michael's mount, sea and ships in foreground.   W696.  A scuffed or abraided patch on the obverse, otherwise Good Fine.

The West Wheal Fortune Mine was at Ludgvan.  West Wheal mine produced rich ore and in 1725 and was one of the three greatest in Cornwall, turning a profit even in the depression of 1807.  The harbour at St Michael's Mount was the most important in west Cornwall, exporting copper, tin and salted fish.

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