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Token - 1 Penny, H.J. Marsh & Brother, Ironmongers, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, circa 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4064

Summary:
Copper One Penny 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 William 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: Hon. William M.K. Long
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name and business of the company which issued the tokens: H.J. Marsh & Brother, Murry and Collins St, Hobart Town, Ironmongers. The reverse depicts three agricultural hand tools within a double line circle above a crossed spade and fork together with the promise to pay a shilling for 12 penny tokens at the store.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 12.519 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: agricultural hand tools, agricultural tools, agriculture, hand tools, ironmongers, -1
Themes this item is part of: H.J. Marsh & Brother, Blacksmiths, Hobart, Tasmania, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Sustainable Futures 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: Legend in five lines, the first and last curved against the rim beads, H.J. MARSH & BROTHER / IRONMONGERS / MURRY AND / COLLINS ST. / HOBART TOWN
Reverse Description: At centre within a double line circle, three agricultural hand tools above a crossed spade and fork, around,
ONE SHILLING FOR 12 PENNY TOKENS PAYABLE AT . H.J. MARSH & BROTHER .
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: H.J. MARSH & BROTHER IRONMONGERS MURRY AND COLLINS ST. HOBART TOWN
Reverse: ONE SHILLING FOR 12 PENNY TOKENS PAYABLE AT H.J. MARSH & BROTHER
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: Honourable William Vale

Previous Collection originally recorded under the name Hon. William M.K. Long, which appears to have been a mistake.
References: Archives Office of Tasmania, Index to Pioneer's Database, http://resources.archives.tas.gov.au/Pioneers/taslink3.asp?ID=373226;
Archives Office of Tasmania, Index to Pioneer's Database, http://resources.archives.tas.gov.au/Pioneers/taslink3.asp?ID=312252;
Archives Office of Tasmania, Index to Pioneer's Database, http://resources.archives.tas.gov.au/Pioneers/taslink3.asp?ID=373225;
Archives Office of Tasmania, Index to Pioneer's Database, http://resources.archives.tas.gov.au/Pioneers/taslink3.asp?ID=29702;
Archives Office of Tasmania, Index to Wills & Letters of Administration, Marsh, Henry James 1897 Ref. AD960/23, p. 166, Will No. 5142
Advertisement, The Hobart Mercury, 1 January 1858, p.1.

The H. Marsh & Brother token penny issue required three obverse and three reverse dies for its production. The identification of the dies is the key to both the standard references to the tokens and the museum's storage. They can be identified as follows:
Obverse Border Height centre letters MURRY AND Letter I
A 119 beads 2.0 mm 18.0 mm between HJ
B 136 denticles 2.4 mm 22.5 to J and 1.2 mm from M
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 342
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 157
  3. [Book], Roger McNeice, Coins and Tokens of Tasmania 1803-1910, p.85 Pages

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