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Token - Halfpenny, H.J. Marsh & Brother, Ironmongers, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, circa 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4071

Copper Halfpenny Token, minted by an unknown British mint. Issued by H.J. Marsh & Brother, Ironmongers, Hobart, circa 1855. On 26 April 1850 Henry James Marsh opened an ironmongery and paint shop at the corner of Murray and Collins Streets. It is believed that he entered into a partnership with his brother Samuel Charles Marsh in 1853, but Samuel died the following year. In 1867 the firm was known as H.J. Marsh and Co., and in 1912 the firm was absorbed by Harris and Marsh. H.J. Marsh died on 28 April 1897.

Previous Collections: George McArthur
A round copper token (28 mm diameter) featuring the name and business of the company which issued the tokens: H.J. Marsh & Brother, Hobart Town, Ironmongers. The reverse depicts a paddle steamer with three sailing masts together with the motto "To Facilitate Trade" and the denomination Halfpenny Token..
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 27 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.949 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: ironmongers, paddle steamers, sailing vessels, shipping, steam ships
Themes this item is part of: H.J. Marsh & Brother, Blacksmiths, Hobart, Tasmania, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, McArthur Bequest
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Tasmania
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1855 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: Legend in three lines, the first and last curved against the rim beads, H.J. MARSH & BROTHER / IRONMONGERS / HOBART TOWN
Reverse Description: At centre, a paddle steamer with three sailing masts sailing left under steam and front sails; around above, HALFPENNY TOKEN around below, TO FACILITATE TRADE
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Marsh, H.J & Brother, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Commissioned By: Marsh, H.J & Brother, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1852-1862
Previous Collection: George McArthur
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 346
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 159


David Briggs Posted on 21 Feb 2010 7:46 PM
Not corner of Murray and William Street but Murray and Collins Street
Discovery Centre Posted on 22 Feb 2010 12:13 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi David,
Thank you for your feedback! We will pass it on to the relevant staff member for their information.
Discovery Centre Posted on 03 Mar 2010 3:49 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
David - the correction has been made in our collection management system, and will be updated at this site within the next couple of days. Thanks again.
Mathew Posted on 11 May 2010 1:19 PM
found that coin in my yard, how much is that sort of coin worth?
Glen Shackcloth Posted on 16 Sep 2010 8:54 PM
I have found a Marsh and Brothers half penny token from a very old jetty south of Hobart and wanted some information about it. It's very dirty so wondered if you could recommend if it is of significant value or worth cleaning with a particular solution? Glen
Discovery Centre Posted on 18 Sep 2010 3:39 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Glen - you'll find relevant information on our Rare Coins infosheet here: http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/infosheets/rare-coins/

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