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Surcharged Token - 'S' on 1 Penny, 'Peace & Plenty', Victoria, Australia, circa 1859 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18797

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, minted by Heaton & Sons, Birmingham, in 1859. Surcharged S. This token is part of a large anonymous token issue made by Heaton & Sons employing die hubbing techniques.

Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) without the name of an issuer or mint. The obverse features a 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 below is the date 18?4?, holed through the last two numbers. The reverse has had its original design removed and is inscribed with a large letter S.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.56 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Holed and with reverse tooled off.

More information

Tagged with: surcharged tokens
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Heaton & Sons Mint, Birmingham, England
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: surcharged strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1859 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse 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.
Reverse Description: Inscribed letter S
Edge Description: plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: PEACE & PLENTY 18
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Victoria, Australia, circa 1859
Mint: Heaton & Sons (Mint), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, circa 1859
Previous Collection: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Numismatics Collection, pre 1976
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 654
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 200/4
  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., No. 185e

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