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Token - Halfpenny, Mrs Fisher, Draper, Prahran, Victoria, Australia, 1857 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3708

Summary:
Australia Victoria South Yarra
Fisher Token Halfpenny 1857 (AD)
Mint: W.J. Taylor, London

Standard References: Andrews 122 = Heyde 70 = Sharples V.200
Description:
A round copper token (28 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: Fisher, Marlborough House, Gardeners Creek Road, Draper. The reverse features an emu standing facing right looking at Kangaroo seated on tail in grassy field facing left, around above, AUSTRALIA, in exergue the date, 1857.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 7.569 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: drapers
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, United Kingdom, Eugene von Guerard, Artist (1811-1901), Eugene von Guerard Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1857 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: At centre in five lines, FISHER / DRAPER / MARLBOROUGH HOUSE / GARDENERS CREEK ROAD
Reverse Description: An emu standing facing right looking at Kangaroo seated on tail in grassy field facing left, around above, AUSTRALIA, in exergue the date, 1857
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: FISHER DRAPER MARLBOROUGH HOUSE GARDENERS CREEK ROAD
Reverse: AUSTRALIA 1857
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Mrs Fisher, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1857
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1857
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, pre 1880
References: Andrews 122 = Heyde 70 = Sharples V.200
-Sharples, J.. 'Catalogue of Victorian Trade Tokens'. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. Vol. 7. December 1993: pp. 74 - 75.
- Hope, John. Biography of Mrs Fisher. Unpublished MSS. 2005: 1pp.

"The production of the Fisher tokens is attributed to W.J. Taylor in London on account of the similarity of the reverse type to Taylor's stock penny. In 1857 Stokes acquired the Kangaroo Office press from Reginald Scaife. On assumes that this order for halfpence was passed back to London by Scaife in 1856 at which time he was no longer involved in token manufacture" J. Sharples JNAA.7 p.74.
Bibliography:
  1. [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.
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967
  3. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921

Comments

Karin Neumann-Murphy Posted on 05 Dec 2009 11:15 AM
Not a coin collector but a researcher of Eugen Johann Joseph (Eugene) over a few decades - I am surprised to learn the artist was perhaps a coin collector. Is it possible to know more about this provenance, such as the transaction date?
Thanks
Karin
Discovery Centre Posted on 14 Dec 2009 10:20 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Karin, under 'Themes', at top right, you can link to information about von Guerard's collection: 'The von Guerard coin collection was purchased by the National Gallery of Victoria in 1880 ... together with von Guerard's hand written three-volume catalogue, [it] was transferred to the Science Museum of Victoria in 1976 (a predecessor to Museum Victoria). Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions on the 'Ask the Experts' link above.

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