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Token - Halfpenny, Adamson, Watts McKechnie & Co, Wholesale & Retail Warehousemen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1918 Numismatics 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), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 29 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 10.298 g (Weight)

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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
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1918 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
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
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: MAY 1ST.. 1855 11 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE
Shape: round
Material: Copper
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
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 4
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, related to No. 9
  3. [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.

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