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Token - 1 Penny, Whitty & Brown Mint, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1860 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11653

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Whitty & Brown Token Penny c.1860 (AD)
Mint: Whitty and Brown

Standard References: Andrews 634 = Heyde 5/2
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token does not include the name the issuer and manufacturer: Whitty & Brown, Sydney, but the shared reverse die and characteristic poor workmanship make it clear that this company was responsible. It features the denomination and the motto Advance Australia on the obverse and a representation of Justice standing blindfolded holding scales and an inverted cornucopiae spilling fruit on the ground. The drapery from her right shoulder ends below the horizon line. A sailing ship is on the horizon. The die work is of poor quality and the token weakly struck.

The flan is damaged in the right side of the obverse. Double striking is indicated by the three beads on both bars of the obverse.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 33 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 16.817 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: law justice
Themes this item is part of: Whitty & Brown Mint, Medal Makers, Sydney, New South Wales, 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 - New South Wales
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1860 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre within line circle, ONE / PENNY; around, ADVANCE AUSTRALIA +++
Toned green.
Reverse Description: Justice blindfolded standing facing to left, the drapery from her right shoulder ends below the horizon line; extends balanced scales in right hand and holds inverted cornucopia in left from which fruits flow onto the ground ending at her feet and not onto the left side of the token; three-masted sailing ship in background at left.
The die is cracked to the figure of Justice from the rim at 02 (through the L of WALES) and 09.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: ONE PENNY ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
Reverse: NEW SOUTH WALES
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Whitty & Brown (Mint), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Mint: Whitty & Brown (Mint), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1850-1868
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
References: Andrews 634 = Heyde 5/2

The museum storage system is based on the die combination not on the movement of the dies during production. This series of tokens is believed to have been struck employing a drop hammer. This has resulted in most examples exhibiting double striking. On some occasions the token or die moved to such an extent between strikes as the die bounced that some early collectors described different types - particularly refering to the number of beads in the upper and lower bars of the obverse. Andrews, p.101, correctly pointed out that a tiny flaw from the C of ADVANCE to the inner circle, is found on all tokens. He correctly argues "This would indicate that the variations are due to the mode of manufacture entirely." This was followed by Heyde p.26 and in the museum storage.

Four reverse dies were employed with the "One Penny" obverse - two depicting Justice:
Reverse 1: the re-engraved form of Justice with a square sleeve on her right arm and the fruit pouring from the inverted cornucopiae flowing along the ground to the left and right of the figure. The folds falling from Justice's right shoulder end well above the horizon line.

Reverse 2: a new Justice with clearer defined head and blindfold with the fruit pouring only on the right side of the figure. There seems to be no definition of a ground line on this die. It broke in numerous places during the striking of this issue and does not occur with any other obverse. The folds falling from Justice's right shoulder end below the horizon line.

and two depicting an emu and Kangaroo facing each other:
Reverse 3: The emu and kangaroo close together, 0.6 mm from the kangaroo paw to the emu neck
Reverse 4: The emu and kangaroo distant, 2.0 mm from the kangaroo paw to the emu neck
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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