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Token - 1 Penny, Miller & Dismorr, Drapers & Haberdashers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1858 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11434

Copper One Penny Token, minted by Smith & Kemp, Birmingham. Issued by Miller & Dismorr, Drapers & Haberdashers, Melbourne, circa 1858. The closest match found for this business is 'Millar and Dismorr, Drapers etc., 43 Collins Street East' in Butterfield's 1855 Melbourne directory. Miller & Dismorr, were listed at the same address, in 1856.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: Miller & Dismore, Collins Street, Melbourne, drapers, haberdashers. The reverse states that it is a penny token and names the mint, Smith & Kemp of Birmingham. This token is badly damaged and has been cleaned and partly re-toned green.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 15.249 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: drapers, haberdashers, retail trade, retailing
Themes this item is part of: Miller & Dismorr, Drapers, Melbourne, Victoria, 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 - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1858 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in 5 lines (the 1st and last curved); MILLER & DISMORR / DRAPERS / HABERDASHERS &c / COLLINS. ST. ' MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: ONE / PENNY / TOKEN; below in small letters the manufacturer's name, SMITH & KEMP.BIRMM
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Miller & Dismorr, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1852-1862
Mint: Smith & Kemp (Mint), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1852-1862
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
References: This was the only token issue struck for Australia by the Smith & Kemp mint.
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 375
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 176
  3. [Article] Sharples, John P. 1993. A Catalogue of the Trade Tokens of Victoria 1848 to 1862. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. vol.7: p.1-77., V. 115

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