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Token - 1 Penny, T.H. Jones & Co, Ironmongers, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, circa 1858 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4002

Copper One Penny Token, minted by Heaton & Sons, Birmingham. Issued by T.H. Jones & Co, Ironmongers, Ipswich, Queensland, circa 1858. T.H. (Thomas Hayes) Jones & Co. took out a full page advertisement in Pugh's 1862 Queensland Almanac, describing the business as 'wholesale and retail ironmongers' and giving his address as Union Street, Ipswich. The following year Jones' advertisement notified the public that he had moved to Bell Street.

Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name address and business of the issuer: T.H. Jones & Co. Ipswich Queensland, Ironmongers and General Importers. The reverse features Justice standing blindfolded facing to left extending right arm with balanced scales, inverted cornucopia from which fruit flows held in left (the letter G among the fruit); sailing ship on horizon at left of token.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.346 g (Weight)

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Themes this item is part of: Heaton & Sons Mint, Birmingham, England, T.H. Jones & Co., Ironmongers, Ipswich, Queensland, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Queensland
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1858 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre within a line circle, T.H.JONES / & Co. / IPSWICH / QUEENSLAND / AUSTRALIA; around, IRONMONGERS & GENERAL IMPORTERS +
Reverse Description: Justice standing blindfolded facing to left extending right arm with balanced scales, inverted cornucopia from which fruit flows held in left (letter G among the fruit); above, AUSTRALIA; sailing ship on horizon at left of token.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Jones, T.H. & Co. Ironmongers, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, 1850-1867
Mint: Heaton & Sons (Mint), Birmingham, England, Great Britain
Previous Collection: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Numismatics Collection, pre 1976
References: Heaton and Sons employed three of their stock standing Justice reverse dies to strike the token issue for T.H. Jones & Co. of Ipswich, Queensland. Although the obverse die cracked slightly from the rim to the T of IMPORTERS early in producing the tokens it did not deteriorate to the point where it needed to be replaced. All tokens are struck with the same obverse (Obverse A). Standard references and the Museum storage are arranged by die combinations fornd on the tokens.

The three reverse dies can be identified by minor variations in spacing between the start and finish of the word AUSTRALIA and the horizon together with slaght changes in the relative position of the head of Justice in relation to the letters as follows:

Die 1st A to Horizon last A to horizon Head
1 6.9 mm 6.5 mm near R
2 6.8 mm 7.9 mm between RA
3 7.5 mm 9.4 mm near A

This token was struck with the die combination A/3 and has the obverse die crack to the T of IMPORTERS.
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 307
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 137/3

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