Token - Halfpenny, Adamson, Watts McKechnie & Co, Wholesale & Retail Warehousemen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1918 Reg. No: NU 3506
- Copper Mule Halfpenny Token, minted by Thomas Stokes of Melbourne, circa 1918. It is a mule of the Adamson, Watts, McKechnie & Co., obverse and a seated Australia reverse.
Adamson, Watts, McKechnie & Co., were 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. This token was struck in 1982.
- A round copper token (29 mm diameter) with the address and foundation date of the buisness: MAY 1ST 1855 11 COLLINS ST. EAST, MELBOURNE The reverse features Australia seated l. on rock holding olive branch and wand; above, AUSTRALIA - the die was heavily corroded when employed to strike this piece
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Alfred Chitty, 1976
|Dimensions:||29 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||10.298 g (Weight)|
|Tagged with:||late strikes|
|Themes this item is part of:||Adamson Watts McKechnie & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Numismatics & Philately 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:||working strikes|
|DateEra:||circa 1918 AD|
|Obverse Description:||At centre in two lines, MAY 1ST.. / 1855 around above 11 COLLINS ST. EAST around below * MELBOURNE *|
|Reverse Description:||Australia seated l. on rock holding olive branch and wand; above, AUSTRALIA - the die was heavily coroded when employed to strike this piece|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse: MAY 1ST.. 1855 11 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE
|Issued By:||Adamson Watts McKechnie & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Mint:||Stokes & Sons (Mint), 1855-1918|
|Commissioned By:||Adamson Watts McKechnie & Co.
The reverse die of the original token was employed to manufacture this piece.
|Previous Collection:||Mr Alfred Chitty|
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