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Token - 1 Penny, John Howell, Liverpool Cheap Book Depot, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, circa 1857 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18846

Copper One Penny Token, minted by an unknown British mint. Issued by John Howell, Liverpool Cheap Book Depot, Adelaide, circa 1857. Surcharged in three lined C. JENKINS / AUCTIONEER / ADELAIDE. The earliest mention of a bookseller by the name of John Howell was in 1855 when he had a premises in Hindley Street and in Strangways Terrace, North Adelaide. Howell seems to have built a substantial business quite rapidly. During 1858 he took out extensive advertisements in the Books and Stationery advertisements section of the Adelaide Advertiser. By 1864 he had moved to 4 Rundle Street and in addition to his books, music and stationery, his advertisement prominently announced that his business was a 'Depository of the Society for the promotion of Christian Knowledge.'

Previouse Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
An obliterated once round copper trade token (c 34 mm diameter) originally giving the name, address and business of the issuing firm: John Howell, Hindley St. (?) Adelaide, Bookseller - Liverpool Cheap Book Depot. The reverse featured a representation of the mythical Liver bird, featured on early Arms of Liverpool. This token has been surcharged in three lined C. JENKINS / AUCTIONEER / ADELAIDE
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.74 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: auctioneers, surcharged tokens
Themes this item is part of: John Howell, Bookseller & Printer, Adelaide, South Australia (circa 1820-?), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - South Australia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1857 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: JOHN HOWELL / BOOKSELLER / _._ / HINDLEY ST / . ADELAIDE . all obliterated surcharged in three lined C. JENKINS / AUCTIONEER / ADELAIDE
Reverse Description: At centre (if you get the lighting right) a liver bird facing left holding an olive branch in beak; above, LIVERPOOL; below, CHEAP BOOK DEPOT
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: [JOHN HOWELL BOOKSELLER HINDLEY ST ADELAIDE] all removed
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: John Howell, Liverpool Cheap Book Depot, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, circa 1857
Surcharged By: C. Jenkins - Auctioneer
References: Reverse 3 has the words ONE PENNY / TOKEN below the house.
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 275
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 124/3

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