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Token - 1 Penny, J. Taylor, Bread & Biscuit Baker, Family Grocer, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1862 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4433

Copper One Penny Token minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by J. Taylor, Bread & Biscuit Baker, Family Grocer, Ballarat, 1862. John Taylor was a baker in England, and arrived in Australia in 1852. He finally decided to settle in Ballarat, where he built a bakery and named it the 'Red House', developing a turnover of £20,000 a year. In 1863 he rebuilt his works and from that time on he placed the Governor's crest on his advertisements. His range of goods included biscuits, boiled sugars, and lozenges. In 1867 Taylor opened a second store, it was a Retail Confectionery Establishment, providing Fruit, Pastry, Confectionery, Biscuits and Wedding Cakes. Economic conditions in the mid 1870s led Taylor to close his shop and take up farming at Boort for seven years. He resumed his work in 1881, again establishing a very solid business. After his retirement he passed the business on to his son Robert, who was still managing it in 1910.
A round bronze token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: J. Taylor, Red House, corner of Danna and Raglan Streets, Ballarat, bread and biscuit baker, family grocer. The reverse features section of grape vine, from a Stokes stock die - Sharples Vine 2 = Heyde Vine 2 = Andrews 1 - it is dated 1862, stock dies were shared by many issuing firms.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.929 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: bakers, grocers, wine spirit merchants
Themes this item is part of: J. Taylor, Baker, Ballarat, Victoria (circa 1830s-?), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1862 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre within a line circle, J.TAYLOR / RED HOUSE / CORNER OF / DANNA & RAGLAN / STREETS / BALLARAT; around, BREAD & BISCUIT BAKER FAMILY GROCER; border of 113 beads.
Reverse Description: At centre within a line circle a piece of grape vine with nine large leaves and two bunches of grapes, below, but still within the line circle the manufacturers name T. STOKES MAKER MEL.; around above, VICTORIA 1862, around below the lLatin IN VINO VERITAS, Border of 113 beads. This is a Stokes stock reverse, used for many trade token issuers. It is numbered in the standard catalogues as: Sharples Vine 2 = Heyde Vine 2 = Andrews 1.
Edge Description: plain
Shape: round
Material: copper
Issued By: J. Taylor, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, 1862
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
References: Stokes employed three of their stock reverses with the single Taylor obverse to fill the order from Taylor in 1862. This could mean that three different orders for tokens were made. Further, the wheat sheaf reverse occurs with two different die alignments (and perhaps two coinciding weight standards) suggesting a fourth issue. The tokens are scarce among collectors perhaps again suggesting multiple small orders from the firm. Stokes stock reverses were intended to make token manufacture inexpensive to encourage small issuers. J. Sharples 11 Oct 2004.
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 570
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 244
  3. [Article] Sharples, John P. 1993. A Catalogue of the Trade Tokens of Victoria 1848 to 1862. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. vol.7: p.1-77., V. 9

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