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Token - 1 Penny, H. Lipscombe, Seedsman & Produce Salesman, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, circa 1860 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 29335

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, minted by an unknown British mint. Issued by H. Lipscombe, Seedsman & Produce Salesman, Hobart, circa 1860.

Henry Lipscombe Junior took over the retail business as nurseryman and seedsman from his father Frederick Lipscombe in 1854. Henry had previously worked as an assistant to his father for seven years.

In an advertisement dated August 22 1854, Lipscombe addressed himself 'To Growers of Prize Cucumbers and Melons', drawing their attention to the fact that 'The Undersigned, in addition to his other stock of seeds, has just received a small stock of choice Cucumbers and Melons.'

Previous Collections: Henry Smith
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and business of the issuer: H. Lipscombe, Murray St. Hobart Town, seedsman, salesman and shipping supply agent. It features a bouquet of produce that includes grapes, apples, pears, mellon and pineapple. Surface lacquered.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Robert Edwards - Museum of Victoria, 1989
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 12.93 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: agriculture, retail trade, retailing, seed merchants, seeds, shipping
Themes this item is part of: Henry Lipscombe, Junior, Nurseryman, Hobart,Tasmania, Migration Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Tasmania
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1860 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre, a bouquet of produce that includes grapes, apples, pears, mellon and pineapple. Around, H. LIPSCOMBE MURRAY STREET HOBART TOWN * SEEDSMAN & SALESMAN *
Reverse Description: Across centre in two lines, ONE PENNY / TOKEN around, . SHIPPING SUPPLIED WITH ALL KINDS OF COLONIAL PRODUCE *
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: H. LIPSCOMBE MURRAY STREET HOBART TOWN SEEDSMAN & SALESMAN
Reverse: ONE PENNY TOKEN SHIPPING SUPPLIED WITH ALL KINDS OF COLONIAL PRODUCE
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Henry Lipscombe, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1855-1865
Previous Collection: Mr Henry Smith
References: The Lipscombe token issue required two reverse dies but only one obverse die. The reverses are identified as follows:

Reverse O of ONE Legend starts Rim denticles
1 beside LI with . 134
2 beside PL without . 138

Die combinations recorded for Jarvey are, A/1 (this token), A/2
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 329
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 150/1

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