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Token - 1 Penny, Alfred Nicholas, Liverpool Tea Warehouse, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, circa 1853 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4166

Copper one Penny Token, minted by an unknown British Mint, circa 1854. Issued by Alfred Nicholas, of the Liverpool Tea Warehouse, Hobart. Nicholas established a retail warehouse, offering goods such as sugar, brandy, ale and tobacco. He also took a keen interest in the colony's administration and was a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Assembly in 1858 and 1859, representing Hobart and Kingsborough.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and business of the company which issued the tokens: A. Nicholas, Liverpool Tea Warehouse, Liverpool St., Hobarton (sic). The reverse features a crude coat of arms of the city of Liverpool in England. This token has been cleaned and varnished.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 21.822 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: tea trade
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Alfred Nicholas, Wholesaler, Hobart, Tasmania (1828-?), Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Tasmania
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1853 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre, A. NICHOLAS / LIVERPOOL St.; around, LIVERPOOL TEA WAREHOUSE . HOBARTON .
Reverse Description: Arms of the city of Liverpool, within an ornate shield a Liver bird facing left with weed in beak, the supporters are Neptune on left holding a trident and flag and a Triton on right blowing a sea-shell and holding a flag. Below, on ribbon most of the city motto, DEUS NOBIS HAEC FECIT - the correct motto is: Deus Nobis Haec Otia Fecit [God has given us these days of peace]. The crest is a second Liverbird.
Edge Description: Pain
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Alfred Nicholas - Liverpool Tea Warehouse, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1850-1855

Hobart given as Hobarton
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
References: City of Liverpool's own motto Deus Nobis Haec Otia Fecit [God has given us these days of peace]
The arms were granted in 1797 and show a cormorant with a piece of seaweed in its beak. The cormorant also appears on the crest. The supporters are a Triton and Neptune, the God of the sea. They hold banners with the cormorant and a ship. The arms shows the importance of the sea to the city of Liverpool. The cormorant is often referred to as the Liver Bird, and is used widely in the city.
http://www.ngw.nl/int/gbr/l/liverpoo.htm 14 Dec. 2004
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 400
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 56

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