"Not all of history's significant moments are accompanied by a trumpet fanfare and the tumbling of castle walls.

In the case of the meteoric rise of the south Wales coal industry, and the subsequent transformation of a small Welsh village into a bustling global port, it is worth considering the part played by a quick-witted entrepreneur with a humble half crown coin."
Was the coal empire of David Davies, and the development of the port of Barry, based on a half crown 'gamble'?
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