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Token - Halfpenny, Hanks & Co, Australian Tea Mart, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1857 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11186

Copper Halfpenny Token, minted by W.J. Taylor, London. Issued by Hanks & Co, Australian Tea Mart, Sydney, 1857. J.G. Hanks joined A. Lloyd to open a business in 1855. 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. In 1861 the founder's son, John L. Hanks, opened another 'Tea and Coffee Merchants' business trading as J. G. Hanks & Co. The junior Hanks' business endured until almost the end of the nineteenth century. J.G. Hanks left his original business in 1863 and joined his son's enterprise.
A round copper token (28 mm dia) featuring the name and business of the issuer:
Hanks and Co., Australian Tea Mart Sydney
The reverse features an Arms of New South Wales supported by a kangaroo and emu.
This token has been cleaned and the reverse has toned slightly green.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 7.531 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: retailing, shops, tea
Themes this item is part of: Hanks & Co., Tea & Coffee Merchants, Sydney, New South Wales, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, United Kingdom, 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 - New South Wales
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1857 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: At centre, HANKS / AND / COMPY.; 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
Reverse: PEACE & PLENTY 1857
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Hanks & Compy., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1857
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1857
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 186
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 94

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