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Specimen Token - Halfpenny, Adamson, Watts McKechnie & Co, Wholesale & Retail Warehousemen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1855 Reg. No: NU 3504
- Copper Halfpenny Specimen Token, minted by the Kangaroo Office, Melbourne. Issued by Adamson, Watts, McKechnie & Co., Wholesale and Retail Warehousemen, in Melbourne. Adamson joined the existing softgoods business of Watts and McKechnie & Co in April 1855, however the firm became insolvent in September of that year, a common situation as Melbourne's economy slowed considerably, overwhelmed by the massive boom of the early gold rush.
- A round copper token (28 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: Adamson, Watts and McKechnie & Co.; 11 Collins St. East, Melbourne; wholesale and retail warehousemen. The token is a proof striking with lightly toned mirror fields. It bears the date May 1st. 1855.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||28 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||8.029 g (Weight)|
|Tagged with:||retail trade, retailing, warehouses, wholesale trade|
|Themes this item is part of:||Adamson Watts McKechnie & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Eugene von Guerard Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Kangaroo Office Mint, Melbourne, Victoria, 1854-1857, Eugene von Guerard, Artist (1811-1901)|
|Primary Classification:||TRADE TOKENS|
|Secondary Classification:||Australia - Victoria|
|Tertiary Classification:||specimen strikes|
|Obverse Description:||Around within a border of 129 beads; ADAMSON, WATTS, MCKECHNIE & CO. . in three lines at centre, WHOLESALE / & RETAIL / WAREHOUSMEN|
|Reverse Description:||Around within a border of 123 beads; .11 COLLINS ST. EAST . MELBOURNE in two lines at centre, MAY 1ST. / 1855|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse: ADAMSON, WATTS, MCKECHNIE & Co WHOLESALE & RETAIL WAREHOUSMEN
Reverse: 11 COLLINS ST. EAST MAY 1ST. 1855 MELBOURNE
|Issued By:||Adamson Watts McKechnie & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1855
The date given on the tokens is May 1st 1855, is this the date the company was formed?.
|Mint:||Kangaroo Office (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1855|
|Previous Collection:||Eugene von Guerard, pre 1880|
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