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Token - Halfpenny, Hanks & Lloyd, Australian Tea Mart, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1857 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4260

Summary:
Copper Halfpenny Token, minted by W.J. Taylor, London. Issued by Hanks & Lloyd, Australian Tea Mart, Sydney, 1857. J.G. Hanks joined A. Lloyd to open a business in 1855. The same year Hanks and Lloyd must have received their first tokens, as the partners used them as commemoratives for the opening of the first Sydney Railway in1855, an excellent publicity opportunity. In 1858 the company had changed name, becoming Hanks & Co. It seems that Lloyd was still participating in the business, but he had always been the junior partner.

Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
Description:
A round copper token (28 mm dia) featuring the name, address and business of the issuing company Hanks & Lloyd Sydney Tea Market.
The Hanks and Lloyd halfpenny token orders employed three obverse and two reverse dies. The reverses are either dated 1855 or 1857 but the obverse die identification is based on the length of the word HANKS together with the number of border dots.
In this case:
The obverse has 110 dots around the rim and HANKS is 12.8 mm long.
The reverse is dated 1857.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 7.358 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: retailing, shops, tea
Themes this item is part of: Hanks & Lloyd, Tea & Coffee Merchants, Sydney, New South Wales, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, United Kingdom
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - New South Wales
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1857 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: At centre, HANKS / AND / LLOYD; around, AUSTRALIAN TEA MART . SYDNEY .
Reverse Description: Arms of New South Wales; above, PEACE & PLENTY; below, 1857
on ribbon below Arms, ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: HANKS AND LLOYD AUSTRALIAN TEA MART SYDNEY
Reverse: PEACE & PLENTY 1857
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Hanks & Lloyd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1855
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1857
Previous Collection: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Numismatics Collection, pre 1976
References: The Hanks and Lloyd halfpenny token orders employed three obverse and two reverse dies. The reverses are easy to identify as they are either dated 1855 or 1857 but the obverse die identification is based on the length of the word HANKS together with the number of border dots. Neither dies employed in 1855 were carried forward to the 1857 striking, but two new obverse dies were employed that year.

In this case:
The obverse has 110 dots around the rim and HANKS is 12.8 mm long.

For the second obverse die see NU3822
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 194
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 98/2

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