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Token - Threepence, J.C. Thornthwaite, Die Sinker & Medallist, Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia, 1854 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3003

Silver Threepence Token, minted and issued by J.C. Thornthwaite of New South Wales, in 1854. Thornthwaite was the first person to manufacture tokens and medals in Australia. Migrating to Sydney in 1849, his tokens are noteworthy for the lack of clarity of detail in design because the dies were not cut deep enough and he lacked the tools to produce high quality tokens. Thornthwaite also worked as a medallist, particularly after tokens were made illegal in NSW in 1868.

Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
A round silver token (16 mm dia) featuring an Arms of New South Wales supported by a kangaroo and emu. The numeral 3, representing the denomination, is formed from 'oak leaves'. This token has been holed and plugged.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 16 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 1.213 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Token holed and plugged, weight therefore not a true indication of original intention

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Tagged with: coat of arms state of new south wales
Themes this item is part of: John Craven Thornthwaite, Token Maker & Medalist, Sydney, New South Wales (1820-?), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - New South Wales
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1854 AD
Denomination: Threepence
Obverse Description: Arms of New South Wales supported by kangaroo (left) and emu (right); around, SYDNEY NEW SOUTH WALES; below, 1854
Reverse Description: Large numeral 3 formed from leaves; around, SILVER TOKEN 1854
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: SYDNEY NEW SOUTH WALES1854
Reverse: 3 SILVER TOKEN 1854
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: John Thornthwaite, Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia, 1854
Mint: John Thornthwaite, Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia, 1854
Previous Collection: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Numismatics Collection, pre 1976
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 681
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 250/1


ERNIE Posted on 17 May 2011 11:23 AM
timber creek police museum has a 1845 three pence on show

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