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Token - Halfpenny, Joseph Lane & Son, Birmingham, England, Great Britain, circa 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11686

Summary:
Australia
Joseph Lane & Son Token Halfpenny c. 1855 (AD)
Mint: Unknown British

Standard References: Andrews 673 = Heyde Related 46
Description:
A round copper token (28 mm diameter). The token features the name address and buisness of the issuer: Joseph Lane & Son, 3 Gt. Charles Street Birmingham, Bullion Dealers and Refiners; and the statement "pure Australian copper for alloying gold".
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 29 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 12.477 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: gold
Themes this item is part of: 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: Great Britain - England
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1855 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: At centre, 3 / GT. CHARLES ST. / BIRMINGHAM; above, . JOSEPH LANE & SON ., below, BULLION DEALERS & REFINERS
Reverse Description: At centre, FOR / ALLOYING / GOLD; around, . REFINED AUSTRALIAN COPPER
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: JOSEPH LANE & SON 3 GT. CHARLES ST. BIRMINGHAM BULLION DEALERS & REFINERS
Reverse: FOR ALLOYING GOLD REFINED AUSTRALIAN COPPER
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Joseph Lane, Australia
Commissioned By: Joseph Lane & Son, Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1850-1867
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
References: Andrews 673 = Heyde Related 46
Some of these are believed to have circulated in Australia but it I have found no evidence
The two examples in our collection have very different weights - 12.477 for this example and 10.053 for NU4600, this is uncharacteristic of token weight standards.
- John Sharples
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967

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