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Token - 1 Penny, 'The Golden Fleece', E.F. Dease, Draper, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, circa 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3669

Copper one Penny Token, minted by W.J. Taylor of London. Issued by E.F. Dease in Launceston, Tasmania, circa 1855. The mintage figure for this token type was 10000 pieces. Dease was a wholesale and retail draper in Launceston. He issued token penny and halfpenny pieces, from his store 'The Golden Fleece' in 1855. Henry Hall was a grocer, wine and spirit merchant and ran a coffee mill. He arranged for two mints to strike tokens, W.J. Taylor in London, and Stokes in Melbourne.

Previous Collections: Hon. William M.K. Vale
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and business of the company which issued the tokens: E.F. Dease, Brisbane Street, Launceston, wholesale and retail draper. The reverse features a Golden Fleece hanging from a ribbon linked to a pineapple with six leaves at the top and surrounded by the Latin motto SIC VOS NON VOBIS VELLERA FERTIS OVES.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Honourable William Vale
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 15.530 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: drapers, golden fleece, retail trade, retailing, wholesale trade
Themes this item is part of: Edward Francis Dease, Draper, Launceston, Tasmania (circa 1810-1883), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, William Mountford Kinsey Vale, Politican (1833-1895)
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Tasmania
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1855 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre between plain scrolls, E.F. DEASE; above, ONE, below, PENNY; around, WHOLESALE & RETAIL DRAPERY WAREHOUSE * BRISBANE ST. *
Reverse Description: Golden Fleece hanging from ribbon attached to pineapple with 6 spikes; around, SIC VOS NON VOBIS VELLERA FERTIS OVES +
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Edward Dease - The Golden Fleece, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 1855-1860

I have made a note that they were issued in 1855 but cannot find the reference.
Previous Collection: Honourable William Vale
References: -McNeice, R., Tasmanian Coins and Tokens, 1803 - 1910, pp. 72 -74;
-'Tasmanian Tradesman's Tokens' in Tasmanian Numismatist, Internet Edition, Vol. 6, Issue 11, November 2001. http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/Nov2001.htm - A. Regan 6/5/2005
-Launceston Assessment Roll 1856, Indexed by Ailsa Herbert of Kingston Tasmania 1999, http://www.rootsweb.com/~austas/Lton2.htm - A.Regan 25/2/2005
-Advertisement. Hull's Royal Calendar for 1858 - 1860: p.24.

This is the standard reverse die, six spikes from the top of the pineapple, the S of SIC re-entered and sometimes with a die chip evident above the second N of NON. There is a second variety of this penny, not held, with the pineapple having seven spikes. The example in the Downie collection weighed 17.7 g with die axis 06, the S if SIC was not re-entered and there was no die chip over the second N of NON.
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 99
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 58/1
  3. [Book], Roger McNeice, Coins and Tokens of Tasmania 1803-1910

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