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Token - 1 Penny, Sir Philip Gibbs, Barbados, 1792 Reg. No: NU 30901
- 1 Penny token, Issued by, Sir Philip Gibbs, Barbados, 1792.
Gibbs Plantation Token
Minted at Milton, J. (probably using Royal Mint press) struck on 25 July 1792
- Statement Of Significance:
- In 1788 the Gibbs Plantation successfully circulated a token coinage featuring a slave and a pineapple throughout Barbados. A second design was sought in 1792 based on the Seal of the island, King George III as Neptune being drawn across the sea in a bega of hippocampi. The dies were engraved by J. Milton of the Royal Mint, London who seems to have supervised the striking on 24 July 1792. The seal was granted by King Charles II on 3 June 1663.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Robert Edwards - Museum of Victoria, 1987
|Dimensions:||32 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||12.364 g (Weight)|
|Tagged with:||slavery, hippocampi, mythical animals, british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins|
|Themes this item is part of:||Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection|
|Primary Classification:||TRADE TOKENS|
|Tertiary Classification:||working strikes|
|Obverse Description:||The head of a slave facing left, wearing a coronet and three feather plume; below, I SERVE; artist's initial, M, incuse on neck trucation.|
|Reverse Description:||King George III (as Neptune) seated in a chariot drawn to left by a pair of hippocampi; above, BARBADOES . PENNY ; in exergue, 1792|
|Issued By:||Sir Philip Gibbs, Barbados, 1792|
|Mint:||Milton, London (Mint), London, England, Great Britain, 1792|
|Artist:||John Milton - Royal Mint, London|
|Previous Collection:||Mr Henry Smith
Previous Collection originally recorded as Henry J. Smith, South Australia, circa 1850 - the middle initial of which is assumeed to be a mistake.