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Token - 1 Penny, Sir Philip Gibbs, Barbados, 1788 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12024

1 Penny token, Issued by, Sir Philip Gibbs, Barbados, 1788.
Gibbs Plantation Token
Minted at Hancock, Birmingham
Statement Of Significance:
Sir Philip Gibbs, owner of the Gibbs plantation, arranged for the striking of one and a half hundredweight of these pieces to be struck. The dies were engraved by J. Milton of the Royal Mint and Hocking, p. 314, believes the pieces were struck at the the Royal Mint. It would seem that they were not an official product of the Royal Mint but a private parcel struck by one of the engravers. Gibbs tokens are often catalogued as 'Token Coinage' as they achieved widespread circulation throughout Barbados.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 32 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.043 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: pineapples, british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Barbados
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Plantation
DateEra: 1788 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: The head of a slave facing left, wearing a coronet and three feather plume; below, I SERVE
Reverse Description: At centre, a pineapple; around, BARBADOES . PENNY . 1788 .
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Sir Philip Gibbs, Barbados, 1788
Mint: Hancock, Birmingham (Mint), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1788
Artist: John Milton - Royal Mint, London
References: Pridmore 3.11
Remick C1
Hocking 4113
Pridmore, Fred, Coins of the British Commonwealth, Vol. 3 p. 82 - 4
Remick, Jerome, British Commonwealth Coins, p. 61 - 62
Hocking, William, Catalgue Royal Mint, Vol.1 p. 314 - 315
  1. [Book], Mr William Hocking - Royal Mint, London Operative, Catalogue of the Coins, Tokens, Medals, Dies and Seals in the Museum of the Royal Mint, London, 1906
  2. [Book], Major Fred Pridmore, The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations, Part 3, West Indies, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1965
  3. [Book], Jerome Remick, British Commonwealth Coins, Regency Coin and Stamp Co. Ltd., Winnipeg, 1971

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