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Token - Halfpenny, R.S. Waterhouse, Baby Linen Warehouse, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, circa 1858 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4493

Summary:
Copper Halfpenny Token, minted by an unknown British mint. Issued by R.S. Waterhouse, Baby Linen Warehouse, Hobart, circa 1858. Rowland Skipsey Waterhouse was born on 29 January 1818, the son of a Methodist clergyman. In October 1839 the firm of R.S. Waterhouse and brothers was established as General Printers and Bookbinders in Hobart Town. Waterhouse's bussiness interests expanded to include ironmongery and drapery.
Description:
A round copper token (27 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and business of the company which issued the tokens: R.S. Waterhouse, Manchester House, Hobart Town drapery establishment. The reverse of the token depicts a child suspended from a walking trainer.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 27 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.831 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: drapers, infants clothing, toys
Themes this item is part of: Rowland Skipsey Waterhouse, Draper & Printer, Hobart, Tasmania (1818-1900), Childhood & Youth Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Leisure Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Tasmania
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1858 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: R.S.WATERHOUSE / DRAPERY / ESTABLISHMENT / HOBART TOWN / HALFPENNY / TOKEN / MANCHESTER HOUSE, the first and last lines being curved
Reverse Description: Child in Victorian clothing hanging in walking trainer; around in two lines, FOR READY MONEY THE SPIRIT OF TRADE / BABY LINEN WAREHOUSE
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: R.S.WATERHOUSE DRAPERY ESTABLISHMENT HOBART TOWN HALFPENNY TOKEN MANCHESTER HOUSE
Reverse: FOR READY MONEY THE SPIRIT OF TRADE BABY LINEN WAREHOUSE
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Rowland Waterhouse - Baby Linen Warehouse, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1850-1865
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
References: The Waterhouse halfpenny tokens required two obverse diea in their production. These can be identified quickly by the relative position of the letter Y of DRAPERY to the letters below it, and be confirmed by the leangth of the word HALFPENNY as follows:

Obverse Y above HALFPENNY
B M 15.2 mm
C ME 13.5

Die numbers A and 1 were allocated to the penny denomination. The following halfpenny combinations have been recorded: B/2 (this token), C/2
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 608
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 268/2

Comments

Cam holla Posted on 16 Dec 2012 8:35 PM
hi, have had one of these coins laying around... although it has been punched.
It's about 6mm in width. I'd be interested to find out what this meant! cheers!

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