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Token - 1 Penny, Miller & Dismorr, Drapers & Haberdashers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1858 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4119

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.

Previous Collections: Hon. William M.K. Vale
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: Miller & Dismorr, Collins Street, Melbourne, drapers, haberdashers. The reverse states that it is a penny token and names the mint, Smith & Kemp of Birmingham.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 15.977 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, William Mountford Kinsey Vale, Politican (1833-1895)
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: Honourable William Vale
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


Mr. R. C. Hall Posted on 06 Jan 2010 2:43 AM
I have one of the Miller & Dismorr penny tokens,are these rare?

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