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Surcharged Token - 1 Penny, Professor Holloway's, Pills & Ointment, London, Fax Leather Cutter, Australia, circa 1857 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18840

Copper One Penny Token minted by J. Moore of Birmingham. Issued to promote Professor Holloway's pills and ointments in 1857, it has been surcharged FAX / LEATHER / CUTTER.

Holloway tokens are presumed to have been circulated worldwide throughout retailers of Holloway products. Holloway's tokens were produced in large numbers and have proven the most common token finds on Melbourne archaeological sites.
A round copper striking of a Professor Holloway token (34 mm diameter). The token features a profile head of Professor Holloway and a rendition of the classical goddess Hygeia (the ancient Greek goddess of health) seated looking at snake drinking from a cup she holds in her left hand, the snake is curled around a burning altar, an orb rests on altar on her right side. The legend promotes Holloway's pills and ointments and gives the date 1858. This token has been surcharged in three lines FAX / LEATHER / CUTTER, cleaned and varnished.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 15.91 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: healthcare medicine, leather industry, leatherworking, surcharged tokens
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Joseph Moore, Medal Designer (1817-?), Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - South Australia
Tertiary Classification: surcharged strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1857 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Head of Professor Holloway facing left with J. MOORE (the maker's name) incuse on neck truncation; around, PROFESSOR HOLLOWAY; below, LONDON, surcharged in three lines FAX / LEATHER / CUTTER
Reverse Description: Hygeia (the ancient Greek goddess of health) seated looking at snake drinking from a cup she holds in her left hand, the snake is curled around a burning altar, an orb rests on altar on her right side, around; HOLLOWAY'S PILLS AND OINTMENTS, in exergue, 1857. The maker's initials, J.M. incuse on the right of the exergue line.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: PROFESSOR HOLLOWAY LONDON J. MOORE surcharged in three lines FAX / LEATHER / CUTTER
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Professor Holloway, London, England, Great Britain, 1858
Mint: J. Moore (Mint), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1858
Surcharged By: Fax, Leather Cutter, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, circa 1858
Place & Date Used: South Australia, Australia, circa 1858-1890s
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
References: Holloway's tokens were struck in such large numbers that the minting technique of hubbing was clearly employed. In this a master tool, having the full appearance of the final token for the obverse and reverse is manufactured in steel. This is then used to prepare working dies. This technique makes the identification of individual dies from variations in rim bead counts or alignment of lettering impossible. Researchers have noted minor variations in the lowest relief areas of the tokens that may be the result of variations of quality of the die production off the hub (Heyde p. 49) or minor tooling.
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No.1086
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, p.49 Pages


tania molloy Posted on 02 Dec 2009 5:22 PM
I have a 1858 Token, is this of intrest or value? Should I clean it & how? Thank-you.
Discovery Centre Posted on 28 Dec 2009 3:03 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Tania. Unfortunately Museum Victoria can't provide valuations or conservation advice. For information on obtaining coin valuations please see our Question of the Week http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/discovery-centre-news/coin-valuations/ A numismatist may be able to give you conservation advice, but I recommend you don't clean it until you have consulted an expert as this could damage the token.

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