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Surcharged Token - Trefoil Symbol on 1 Penny, 'Peace & Plenty', Victoria, Australia, 1858 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18869

Copper One Penny Token, minted by Heaton & Sons, Birmingham, in 1858. Surcharged S. This token is part of a large anonymous token issue made by Heaton & Sons employing die hubbing techniques.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) worn featuring a figure of Justice seated and a coat of arms. Surcharged with three raised beads.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.19 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: surcharged tokens
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Heaton & Sons Mint, Birmingham, England, Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: surcharged strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1858 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Female figure representing Justice seated on a wool bale with legs to left but her head and upper body to front. A wine barrel lies on the ground behind her and a three-masted sailing ship sails to the right on the horizon to the left. She wears a blindfold and extends a balanced set of scales with her right hand. With her left she holds an inverted cornucopia from which fruits flow onto the ground. She wears an ancient-style of flowing dress bound at the waist, her left arm bare and right draped to near the elbow. Around above, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA in exergue 1858 surcharged above hand holding scales with three raised beads.
Reverse Description: Coat of arms consisting of a central shield below a rising sun with emu and kangaroo supporters. The shield is quartered and contains: top left, Golden Fleece, top right, three masted sailing ship, bottom left bull standing facing left, bottom right, anchor. The supporters stand on a pair of simple curved lines which also hold the base of the shield, a ribbon bearing the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is draped across these lines below their feet. Around above, PEACE & PLENTY.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: MELBOURNE VICTORIA 1858
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Australia, 1858
Mint: Heaton & Sons (Mint), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1858
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 650
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 200/1
  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., V. 185

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