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Token - 1 Penny, O.H. Hedberg, Oil & Colour Stores, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, circa 1860 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
|Dimensions:||34 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||13.682 g (Weight)|
|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|
|DateEra:||circa 1860 AD|
|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|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse: O.H. HEDBERG OIL & COLOUR STORE ARGYLE ST. HOBART TON
Reverse: O.H. HEDBERG SWEDISH HOUSE HOBART TON ONE PENNY
|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|
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