Obv: View of a bridge with ship sailing under, ERECTED ANNO 1779. SPAN 100 FEET. (above) IRON BRIDGE AT COALBROOK DALE 1792 around. Rev: Man working a machine, INCLINED PLANE AT KETLEY. 1789. (in exergue). Edge: PAYABLE AT COALBROOK-DALE AND KETLEY.
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One of the harder Iron bridge tokens to acquire because of the two periods on the reverse. This bridge can still be visited to this day and walked across. Before rail was the primary mode of transport, canals and other waterways did the job. The inclined plane on the reverse was used to lift empty boats to the top using the weight of full boats of coal or ore going to the bottom. The very first inclined plane was at Ketley.