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Token - 1 Penny, W.R. Watson & Co, Town Hall Hotel, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, circa 1918 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4500

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Originally issued by W.R. Watson & Co, Town Hall Hotel, Ballarat, Victoria, 1862. This token is a late strike, it was struck circa 1918 for collectors. W.R. Watson is listed as the owner of Town Hall Hotel, Armstrong Street in the 1865 Ballarat Directory. An advertisement in the Ballarat Evening Post, January 1864 read 'Town Hall Hotel, and Wine and Spirit Stores, Armstrong Street. The Cheapest House in Ballarat. Single Bottle Department. Brandy 5s-, Gin 4s, Rum 3s, Whiskey 3s. Per bottle. Every article sold as imported. W.R. Watson and Co. Proprietors'.
Description:
A round bronze token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: W.R. Watson & Co. Town Hall Hotel, Armstrong Street, Ballarat, wine & spirits merchants. The reverse features section of grape vine, from a Stokes stock die - Sharples Vine 3 = Heyde Vine 3 = Andrews 7 - it is dated 1862, but was employed in a deteriorated state to manufacture this piece
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 15.457 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: hotels, late strikes, spirits, wine spirit merchants
Themes this item is part of: W.R. Watson, Hotelier, Town Hall Hotel, Ballarat, Victoria (circa 1820s-?), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1918 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: TOWN HALL HOTEL/WINE & SPIRIT/W.WATSON&CO./MERCHANTS/ ARMSTRONG ST. BALLARAT
Reverse Description: At centre within a line circle a piece of grape vine with eleven large leaves and two bunches of grapes, below, but still within the line circle the manufacturers name T. STOKES MAKER MEL.; around above, VICTORIA . 1862, around below the Latin IN VINO VERITAS. Border of 116 beads. This is a Stokes stock reverse, used for many trade token issuers. It is numbered in the standard catalogues as: Sharples Vine 3 = Heyde Vine 3 = Andrews 7.
Edge Description: plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: TOWN HALL HOTEL WINE & SPIRIT W. WATSON & CO. MERCHANTS ARMSTRONG ST. BALLARAT
Reverse: VICTORIA 1862 IN VINO VERITAS T. STOKES MAKER MEL.
Shape: round
Material: copper
Issued By: W. Watson & Co., Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Stokes (Mint)
Commissioned By: W. Watson - Town Hall Hotel, 1862

The original die was rejected by the company as the letter R was omitted by the die sinker.
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 612
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 80
  3. [Article] Sharples, John P. 1993. A Catalogue of the Trade Tokens of Victoria 1848 to 1862. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. vol.7: p.1-77., p. 17 Pages

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