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Token - 1 Penny, Late Strike, W.R. Watson & Co, Town Hall Hotel, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, circa 1918 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4499

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Originally issued by W.R. Watson & Co, Town Hall Hotel, Ballarat, Victoria, 1862. This token is a late strike, it was struck circa 1918 for collectors. W.R. Watson is listed as the owner of Town Hall Hotel, Armstrong Street in the 1865 Ballarat Directory. An advertisement in the Ballarat Evening Post, January 1864 read 'Town Hall Hotel, and Wine and Spirit Stores, Armstrong Street. The Cheapest House in Ballarat. Single Bottle Department. Brandy 5s-, Gin 4s, Rum 3s, Whiskey 3s. Per bottle. Every article sold as imported. W.R. Watson and Co. Proprietors'.
Description:
A round bronze token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: W.R. Watson & Co. Town Hall Hotel, Armstrong Street, Ballarat, wine & spirits merchants. The reverse features a coat of arms consisting of a central shield set on grass covered ground and below Rising Sun. On left a kangaroo seated facing out but head back towards sun (sejant sinister reguardant) and on right emu with similar stance (passant dexter reguardant). Below ground line and set on bouquet of rose, thistles and shamrock, a ribbon with the motto ADVANCE VICTORIA. The shield is quartered by a cross with a star at the centre and at the end of each arm. The cross is not shaded. The quarters contain: top left, a three-masted sailing ship; top right, a golden fleece; bottom left, an anchor; and bottom right, a wheat sheaf. Around above, VICTORIA . 1862 around below in two lines, T. STOKES MAKER / 100 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE. Although dated 1862 the die was employed in a deteriorated state to manufacture this piece
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 15.216 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: hospitality tokens, hotels, late strikes, spirits, wine spirit merchants
Themes this item is part of: W.R. Watson, Hotelier, Town Hall Hotel, Ballarat, Victoria (circa 1820s-?), 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: late strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1918 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in five lines, TOWN HALL HOTEL / WINE & SPIRIT / W.WATSON&CO. / MERCHANTS / ARMSTRONG ST. BALLARAT
Reverse Description: Coat of arms consisting of a central shield set on grass covered ground and below Rising Sun. On left a kangaroo seated facing out but head back towards sun (sejant sinister reguardant) and on right emu with similar stance (passant dexter reguardant). Below ground line and set on bouquet of rose, thistles and shamrock, a ribbon with the motto ADVANCE VICTORIA. The shield is quartered by a cross with a star at the centre and at the end of each arm. The cross is not shaded. The quarters contain: top left, a three-masted sailing ship; top right, a golden fleece; bottom left, an anchor; and bottom right, a wheat sheaf. Around above, VICTORIA . 1862 around below in two lines, T. STOKES MAKER / 100 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE. The E of EAST is double entered (initially being placed half a letter height too low) and then T of EAST is below the M of MAKER. The standard references for the die used to make this token are: Andrews 14 = Heyde Arms 6 = Sharples Arms 5.
Edge Description: plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: TOWN HALL HOTEL WINE & SPIRIT W. WATSON & CO. MERCHANTS ARMSTRONG ST. BALLARAT
Reverse: VICTORIA 1862 ADVANCE VICTORIA T. STOKES MAKER 100 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE
Shape: round
Material: copper
Issued By: Watson, W. & Co., Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Stokes (Mint)
Commissioned By: W Watson - Town Hall Hotel, 1862
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
References: -Ballarat and Ballarat District Directory for 1865 - 1866;
-Advertisement. The Evening Post. 1 January 1864: p. 4;
-Sharples, J.. "Catalogue of Victorian Trade Tokens." Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. Vol. 7. December 1993: pp. 17 - 18.
-Hope, John. Watson, W. & Co.. Unpublished MSS. 2005. 1pp.
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 611
  2. [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., p. 17 Pages
  3. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 79

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