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Token - 1 Penny, T. Pope & Co Mint, Australia, circa 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4577

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, minted by T. Pope & Co, Birmingham. Issued by T. Pope & Co Mint, circa 1855. These pieces, though promoting the profitability of exporting tokens to Australia, have been widely accepted as circulating here. The exact mechanism for placing them into circulation is not known. It is thought that they were distributed to the retail trades through wholesalers in either Melbourne and/or Sydney. The lack of wear on this example, acquired in Melbourne by von Guerard from Mr. Curtis hints that they were originally circulated in Melbourne.
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name, address and business of the manufacturer: T. Pope & Co. St. Paul's Square, Birmingham, coin and press makers. The reverse features Britannia seated extending an olive branch with a trident resting on her left shoulder and shield resting against the rock on which she sits. The Britannia reverse is similar to that on the standard British copper coins of the era. This token shows little wear.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 16.280 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: art
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Eugene von Guerard, Artist (1811-1901), Eugene von Guerard Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1855 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: THE AUSTRALIAN / TOKENS / MANUFACTURED BY / T. POPE & Co. / (COIN & PRESS MAKERS, / ST PAUL'S SQUARE / BIRMINGHAM,) / ARE VERY PROFITABLE / TO EXPORT
Reverse Description: Britannia seated facing left holding trident and olive branch; shield bearing Union Jack rests behind; sailing ship at sea on left of token; above, BRITANNIA
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: THE AUSTRALIAN TOKENS MANUFACTURED BY T. POPE & Co. (COIN & PRESS MAKERS, ST PAUL'S SQUARE BIRMINGHAM,) ARE VERY PROFITABLE TO EXPORT
Reverse: BRITANNIA
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Pope, T. & Co. (Mint), Australia
Mint: Pope, T. & Co. (Mint), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1848-1865
Previous Collection: Mr Curtis
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, pre 1880

Eugene von Guerard from Curtis of Melbourne.
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 658
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 211

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