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Surcharged Token - 'A.W.Walker' on 1 Penny, Alfred Nicholas, Liverpool Tea Warehouse, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, circa 1858 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18827

Copper one Penny Token, minted by an unknown British Mint, circa 1854. Issued by Alfred Nicholas, of the Liverpool Tea Warehouse, Hobart. Surcharged KING and A.W. WALKER. Nicholas established a retail warehouse, offering goods such as sugar, brandy, ale and tobacco. He also took a keen interest in the colony's administration and was a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Assembly in 1858 and 1859, representing Hobart and Kingsborough.

King is thought to be from the Crown Hotel, Prahan and Walker is associated with a merchant in Flinders St and Collins Street West in 1858.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and business of the company which issued the tokens: Alfred Nicholas, Liverpool Tea Warehouse, Liverpool St., Hobart Town. The reverse features Britannia seated on a rock facing to left holding an olive branch extended in her right hand and resting a trident on her left forearm; above, BRITANNIA. This token has been cleaned and has extensive surface pitting; it has been surcharged KING below a crown and A.W. WALKER and holed.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 12.66 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: surcharged tokens, tea trade
Themes this item is part of: Alfred Nicholas, Wholesaler, Hobart, Tasmania (1828-?), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Tasmania
Tertiary Classification: surcharged strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1858 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in five lines, ALFRED NICHOLAS / LIVERPOOL / TEA WAREHOUSE / LIVERPOOL ST. / HOBART TOWN; the first and last lines are curved surcharged KING below a crown and A.W. WALKER.
Reverse Description: With strong side lighting! Britannia seated facing left holding a branch and trident, above, BRITANNIA
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Alfred Nicholas - Liverpool Tea Warehouse, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, circa 1859
Surcharged By: Peter King - Crown Hotel, Prahran, Victoria, Australia, by 1862
Surcharged By: A. Walker, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, by 1862
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 401
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 193/1

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