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Token - 1 Penny, Stewart & Hemmant, Drapers, Brisbane & Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, circa 1863 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 40863

Copper One Penny Token, minted by W.J.Taylor, London. Issued by Stewart & Hemmant, Drapers, Brisbane & Rockhampton, circa 1863. William Hemmant and Alexander Stewart established their drapery business in Queen Street, Brisbane, in 1860. The store was burned to the ground in 1864, one of many businesses destroyed by a disastrous fire, although it was subsequently rebuilt. In Hemmant 1876 he moved to London to act as agent for the Brisbane drapery business. In 1862, Stewart and Hemmant opened a business in Rockhampton which was run by James Stewart, Alexander's twin brother. In 1868 James Stewart bought out Hemmant's interest in the business in 1868, and took Edward Seymour Lucas, his chief assistant since 1863, into partnership.
A round bronze token (30 mm diameter). The token features the name address and business of the issuer: Stewart & Hemmant, Criterion Brisbane, Drapers.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 30 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 9.160 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: o, australia one penny 1912 .1920. 1924. 1928. bangladesh natore kandivita shanto .088 01742466233
Themes this item is part of: Stewart & Hemmant, Drapers, Brisbane, Queensland, Numismatics & Philately 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 - Queensland
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1863 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Across centre, CRITERION; curved above, STEWART & HEMMANT; curved below, BRISBANE border of 120 dots.
Reverse Description: Across centre, DRAPERS; curved above WHOLESALE; curved below, RETAIL border of 120 dots.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Stewart and Hemmant, Drapers, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1850-1865
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1850-1865
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
References: Stewart & Hemmant had two issues of tokens, the first the size of the pre-1860 British copper penny and the second that of the post 1860 British bronze penny. This token belongs to the second issue.
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 507
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 231

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