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Check - Noah Shreeve, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18908

Summary:
Check, mint unknown. Issued by Noah Shreeve, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

Noah Shreeve was, according to an advertisement he placed in the 1864 Adelaide Almanac, a 'Commission salesman, storekeeper and importer of fancy goods,' and his address was 2 Robe Terrace, Weymouth Street. His business was listed in Robe Terrace from 1862 to around 1869; in 180 he was located at 129 Rundle Street in the town centre, and by the following year had returned to 2 Robe Terrace.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics

More information

Themes this item is part of: Noah Shreeve, Store Keeper & Importer, Adelaide, South Australia (circa 1830s-?), Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - South Australia
Tertiary Classification: checks
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Noah Shreeve, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
References: Adelaide Almanac, Town and Country Directory and Guide to South Australia for 1862; Advertisement, Adelaide Almanac, Town and Country Directory and Guide to South Australia for 1864; Adelaide Almanac, Town and Country Directory and Guide to South Australia for 1865; Adelaide Almanac, Town and Country Directory and Guide to South Australia for 1869; Adelaide Almanac, Town and Country Directory and Guide to South Australia for 1870; Adelaide Almanac, Town and Country Directory and Guide to South Australia for 1871; Catalogue Record. State Library of South Australia. 2005. www.slsa.sa.gov.au, 13/3/2005.

Comments

David Briggs Posted on 24 Nov 2009 9:57 PM
All of Shreeves coins I have seen with number about 40 are all made of Brass, not plain copper. They were made at Taylors mint in London and were not issued as Australian tokens, as they had an image of Queen Victoria on them, which meant that he would have been charged with conterfeiting. The [Explicit] that they were 1830's is also incorrect as they were minted in 1866
Discovery Centre Posted on 19 Dec 2009 4:11 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi David, thanks for your feedback and comments. With regard to the information regarding the mint, the composition and the date of the tokens, we have passed this information on to one of our curators. We think your mention of 1830s refers to the link at http://museumvictoria.com.au/collections/themes/2346/noah-shreeve-store-keeper-importer-adelaide-south-australia-circa-1830s This date actually refers to his approximate birth date of Shreeves rather than the date the tokens were minted. We have, as above, not given a date for the tokens. These were issued by an Australian Store Keeper/Importer and although they, like many tokens, were made in England, others were also minted in Australia. These were not purporting to be legal tender, nor were they copies of real coins but, rather, advertisements for traders. Further information can be found at http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/infosheets/australian-traders-tokens/
Peter Lane Posted on 30 Sep 2012 6:57 AM
Re David Briggs comments. Can you supply the source of his information re date 1866? (Why so precise?) and maker - W.J. Taylor of London? I suspect it may have been minted in 1864-1865 when Shreeve was in London. Incidentally Shreeve wrote a book during this time and had it printed by Thomas Piper of Paternoyster Row, London, not far from Taylor's business premises. Shreeve returned to Adelaide in mid 1865 and restablished his business. In 1871 one of his pieces came into the SA Collection (AGSA).
Mark McCLURE Posted on 29 Jul 2013 9:17 PM
Noah SHREEVE is my great-great-great grandfather. I would be very interested in any information you may have on Noah or his Trader's Tokens. Are they on display in your museum?
Michelle Champion Posted on 20 Oct 2013 5:51 PM
Noah SHREEVE is my 4th great grandfather. This information is so fascinating.

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