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Token - Halfpenny, Lewis Abrahams, Drapers, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11001

Copper Halfpenny Token, minted by W.J. Taylor, London. Issued by Lewis Abrahams, Drapers, Hobart, Tasmania, 1855. Lewis Abrahams was certainly living in Hobart Town in 1835, records show that he was in partnership with a H.C. Davis in Liverpool Street. He was married in the Jewish Synagogue in December 1855. It appears that Davis withdrew from the partnership and Abrahams carried on alone. He died in Hobart in 1860. Abrahams is mentioned in a number of documents held by the Hobart Hebrew Congregation, he is listed as a contributor to the fund for the construction of the Hobart Synagogue in 1844-1845, and as a 'seatholder' (financial member) of the Hobart Hebrew Congregation.
A round bronze token (28 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: Lewis Abrahams, Liverpool Street, Hobart Town, Tasmania, draper. The reverse features an emu standing facing right looking at Kangaroo seated on tail in grassy field facing left, around above, TASMANIA, in exergue the date 1855. This token ihas been cleaned
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.874 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: drapers, retail trade, retailing
Themes this item is part of: Lewis Abrahams, Draper, Hobart, Tasmania (?-1860), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, United Kingdom, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Tasmania
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1855 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: Legend in four lines: LEWIS ABRAHAMS / DRAPER / LIVERPOOL STREET / HOBART TOWN
Reverse Description: An emu standing facing right looking at Kangaroo seated on tail in grassy field facing left, around above, TASMANIA, in exergue the date 1855
Edge Description: plain
Reverse: TASMANIA 1855
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Lewis Abrahams, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1855
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1855
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
  1. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 2
  2. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 2

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