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Token - 1 Penny, Miller Brothers, Coach Builders, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862 Reg. No: NU 4111
- Copper One Penny Token, minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by Miller Brothers, Coach Builders, Melbourne, 1862. William Miller, a 24 year-old native of Belfast in Northern Ireland, arrived in Australia in November 1857. On board with him was one Nancy Miller, aged 22. William was a coachbuilder, and continued in that trade in Melbourne. After a year or so his brothers, John, Hercules, William and George, joined him in Melbourne. In 1865 only three of the brothers were listed, John had apparently departed. In 1868 Hercules' was the only name associated with the business, In 1869 William returned to the business and was the sole person associated with the listing in 1870. William Miller left Melbourne, and started another coach building business, this time in Bendigo. He ran his business there for twenty years before returning to Melbourne and establishing business in South Melbourne.
Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
- A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: Miller Brothers, Melbourne, coach builders. It features a side view of a buggy on the obverse and Stokes stock vine reverse. This token is struck with a heavy blank suggesting it was produced early in the Miller Brothers production.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||35 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||18.115 g (Weight)|
|Dimension Comment:||This is a heavy Stokes "intermediate" weight. See Sharples JNAA7, p.50|
|Tagged with:||coachbuilders, horsedrawn vehicles|
|Themes this item is part of:||Numismatics & Philately Collection, Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Miller Brothers, Coach Builders, Melbourne, Victoria|
|Primary Classification:||TRADE TOKENS|
|Secondary Classification:||Australia - Victoria|
|Tertiary Classification:||working strikes|
|Obverse Description:||At centre a buggy with COACH above and BUILDERS below; around, MILLER BROTHERS MELBOURNE|
|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 Latin 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.|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse: MILLER BROTHERS MELBOURNE COACH BUILDERS
Reverse: VICTORIA 1862 IN VINO VERITAS T. STOKES MAKER MEL.
|Issued By:||Miller Brothers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862|
|Mint:||Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862|
|Previous Collection:||National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Numismatics Collection, pre 1976|
|References:||Only one obverse die was needed to strike the series of trade tokens for Miller Brothers. It was combined with four of Stokes stock reverses. See Sharples JNAA 7 p. 50-1 for an analysis of the issue.|
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