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Token - 1 Penny, Tea Stores, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1853 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11513

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Tea Stores Token Penny 1853 (AD)
Mint: J.C. Thornthwaite

Standard References: Andrews 431= Heyde 247/4
Other Details: Saw marks can be seen around rim on reverse
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token design featuring the business and foundation date of the issuer: Tea Stores Steam Coffee Mill. It features a view of teas store and shop; on building at left background in five lines; TEA / STORES / STEAM / COFFEE / MILLS in exergue, ESTABLISHED 1835 / SYDNEY. On the reverse is Britannia seated facing right wearing Corinthial helmet and holding a trident in her left hand, shield with Union Jack resting behind. Above, BRITANNIA; in exergue, 1853 and, in small letters below shield, JCT.This token has been cleaned. The reverse has saw marks around rim outside the border of dots.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 35 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 21.110 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: coffee, retail trade, retailing, tea, -1
Themes this item is part of: Tea Stores, Sydney, New South Wales, John Craven Thornthwaite, Token Maker & Medalist, Sydney, New South Wales (1820-?), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - New South Wales
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1853 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: View of teas store and shop; on building at left background in five lines; TEA / STORES / STEAM / COFFEE / MILLS in exergue, ESTABLISHED 1835 / SYDNEY
Reverse Description: Britannia seated facing right wearing Corinthian helmet and holding a trident in her left hand, shield with Union Jack resting behind. Above, BRITANNIA; in exergue, 1853 and, in small letters below shield, JCT. Saw marks can be seen around rim on reverse, these may relate to the method of producing the blank.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: TEA STORES STEAM COFFEE MILLS ESTABLISHED 1835 SYDNEY 424
Reverse: BRITANNIA 1853 JCT
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Tea Stores, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1853
Mint: John Thornthwaite, Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia, 1853
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
References: Andrews 431= Heyde 247/4

The saw marks can be seen around rim on reverse suggest this was part of the issue where the blanks were hand cut from a copper tube.
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967

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