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Token - 1 Penny, O.H. Hedberg, Oil & Colour Stores, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, circa 1860 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3826

Copper one Penny token, minted by W.J. Taylor of London, circa 1860. Issued by O.H. Hedberg, owner of Oil & Colour Stores, in Hobart, Tasmania.

Hedburg was originally from Sweden but settled in Hobart in 1844 and became involved in the whaling industry. After the decline of the whaling industry in the mid-1850s, he opened a business as a produce merchant and commission agent in Argyle Street, Hobart, it is from this business his tokens were issued.

Hedberg's main issue was quite standard, being a penny and a halfpenny. However it is confused by the existence of a large number of patterns, mules and late strikes. The regular series of issued tokens had no pictorial element. A second group of penny token patterns offered a variety of forms of the seated Australia while the third group, provide a variety of mules in both penny and halfpenny denominations and should be considered late strikes.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name, address and business of the issuer: O.H. Hedberg, Swedish House, Argyle St. Hobart Ton (sic), Oil & Colour Store together with the denomination one penny. The token has no pictorial element and is worn on the reverse.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.682 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: paints, retail trade, retailing, -1
Themes this item is part of: Olof Hilmer Hedberg, Whaler & Merchant, Hobart, Tasmania (1817-1884), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, United Kingdom, Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Tasmania
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1860 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre, O.H. / HEDBERG curved above, OIL & COLOUR STORE curved below, ARGYLE ST. HOBART TON
Reverse Description: At centre [ONE PENNY] curved above O.H. HEDBERG curved below SWEDISH HOUSE HOBART TON the denomination is worn off
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: O Hedberg, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1855-1860
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1855-1860
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
References: Jenssen family history, http://members.trump.net.au/ahvem/Family/Wright/Jessen.html ;
Tasmanian Naturalisation Records, http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/genealres/naturalisation/h.htm;
Tasmanian Pioneer's Database, http://resources.archives.tas.gov.au/Pioneers/taslink3.asp?ID=183948;
Advertisement, Hobart Mercury, 22 February 1858, p.1;
Advertisement, Walch's Tasmanian Almanac and Guide to Tasmania for 1866, p.81 (advertisements)

Die identification for the regular series penny
Obverse top bar O.H. HEDBERG & C A relationship to H Border beads
A 6.0 mm 10.0 mm 21.2 mm 1.0 mm points to top 167
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 196
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 100/1
  3. [Book], Roger McNeice, Coins and Tokens of Tasmania 1803-1910

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