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Medal - Annand Smith Token Centenary, Numismatic Association of Victoria, Australia, 1949 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 33163

Summary:
Australia
1949 (AD)
Mint: Stokes
Other Details: Numismatic Association of Victoria medal marking the centenary of the first Australasian token, issued by Melbourne grocers Annand Smith & Co. in 1849. One hundred of these medals were struck by Stokes & Son. The medal was launched at an exhibition held by the NAV in the National Gallery of Victoria, at which the granddaughter of George Annand spoke. This was the first of many issues by the NAV (see NU 11019, etc., for example of the token being commemorated). Annand Smith & Co. were located in Collins Street, Melbourne. Their tokens was one of many privately issued coins manufactured and distributed by merchants. They were made throughout Australia because of a severe shortage of small change from 1848 till 1873. Although the Annand Smith token is not inscribed with a date, researchers have discovered the order for their manufacture in Birmingham, England, so we know they were issued before the great population boom of the gold rush.
Description:
A silver medal whose main feature is a reproduction of the original Annand, Smith & Co. copper token.
At centre within wide rim, Britannia, seated, facing l. on rock against which rests a shield decorated with the Union Jack, holding olive branch & trident, ship on horizon to right; around BRITANNIA, in exergue the mint name, STOKES,
around on wide rim, THE NUMISMATIC.ASSOCIATION.OF.VICTORIA. * 1949 *

Around on wide rim, AUSTRALIA'S . FIRST . COPPER . TOKEN * ISSUED 20TH OCTOBER 1849 *
Within rim, ANNAND,SMITH & CO / FAMILY / GROCERS / .MELBOURNE.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 42 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 48.72 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: Annand, Smith & Co., Grocers, Melbourne, Victoria, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: numismatics
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1949 AD
Obverse Description: At centre within wide rim, Britannia, seated, facing l. on rock against which rests a shield decorated with the Union Jack, holding olive branch & trident, ship on horizon to right; around BRITANNIA, in exergue the mint name, STOKES,
around on wide rim, THE NUMISMATIC.ASSOCIATION.OF.VICTORIA. * 1949 *
Reverse Description: Around on wide rim, AUSTRALIA'S . FIRST . COPPER . TOKEN * ISSUED 20TH OCTOBER 1849 *
Within rim, ANNAND,SMITH & CO / FAMILY / GROCERS / .MELBOURNE.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: At centre within wide rim, Britannia, seated, facing l. on rock against which rests a shield decorated with the Union Jack, holding olive branch & trident, ship on horizon to right; around BRITANNIA, in exergue the mint name, STOKES,
around on wide rim, THE NUMISMATIC.ASSOCIATION.OF.VICTORIA. * 1949 *
Around on wide rim, AUSTRALIA'S . FIRST . COPPER . TOKEN * ISSUED 20TH OCTOBER 1849 *
Within rim, ANNAND,SMITH & CO / FAMILY / GROCERS / .MELBOURNE.
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Numismatic Association of Victoria (NAV), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1949
Commissioned By: Numismatic Association of Victoria (NAV), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1949
Commissioned By: Annand, Smith & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1949

Company token issue commemorated on this NAV medal.
References: Car. 1949/5
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] 1962. Medallic Issues of the N.A.V. Australian Numismatist. 17 (2)

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