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Token - 1 Penny, Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers & Clothiers, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, circa 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11141

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, minted by an unknown British Mint. Issued by Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers & Clothiers, Adelaide, circa 1855. The firm Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers, were in business from at least 1854. They are listed in Howell's Adelaide Directory for 1858, although the partnership must have been dissolved between the time Howell collected the listings for his directory and July of that year as during that month advertisements appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser informing the public that Crocker & Co. were 'SELLING OFF, SELLING OFF. - Crocker & Co. beg to inform the public of South Australia that they have determined on relinquishing the DRAPERY TRADE.' These advertisements continued until September 1858, indicating that the public had not cleared the stock of Crocker & Co. at any great pace.
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name address and business of the issuer: Crocker & Hamilton of Adelaide and Port Adelaide Drapers and Clothiers. This token has been cleaned and the obverse re-toned greenish.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.889 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: clothing trade, drapers
Themes this item is part of: Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers, Adelaide, South Australia, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Numismatics & Philately 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 - South Australia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1855 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: CROCKER / & / HAMILTON / ADELAIDE / PORT ADELAIDE
Reverse Description: DRAPERS / GROCER / & HAMILTON / CLOTHIERS &c.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: CROCKER & HAMILTON ADELAIDE PORT ADELAIDE
Reverse: DRAPERS CROCKER & HAMILTON CLOTHIERS &c.
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Crocker & Hamilton, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1850-1860
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
References: The approximate date of issue, c. 1855 is based on company expansion to an additional store at Burra Burra by 1857 when they issued their halfpenny tokens.
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 82
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 48

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