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Token - Halfpenny, H.J. Marsh & Brother, Ironmongers, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, circa 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11391

Copper Halfpenny Token, minted by an unknown British mint. Issued by H.J. Marsh & Brother, Ironmongers, Hobart, circa 1855. On 26 April 1850 Henry James Marsh opened an ironmongery and paint shop at the corner of Murray and Collins Streets. It is believed that he entered into a partnership with his brother Samuel Charles Marsh in 1853, but Samuel died the following year. In 1867 the firm was known as H.J. Marsh and Co., and in 1912 the firm was absorbed by Harris and Marsh. H.J. Marsh died on 28 April 1897.
A round copper token (28 mm diameter) featuring the name and business of the company which issued the tokens: H.J. Marsh & Brother, Hobart Town, Ironmongers. The reverse depicts a paddle steamer with three sailing masts together with the motto "To Facilitate Trade" and the denomination Halfpenny Token..
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 27 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.891 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: ironmongers, paddle steamers, sailing vessels, shipping, steam ships
Themes this item is part of: H.J. Marsh & Brother, Blacksmiths, Hobart, Tasmania, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Transport 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: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1855 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: Legend in three lines, the first and last curved against the rim beads, H.J. MARSH & BROTHER / IRONMONGERS / HOBART TOWN
Reverse Description: At centre, a paddle steamer with three sailing masts sailing left under steam and front sails; around above, HALFPENNY TOKEN around below, TO FACILITATE TRADE
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Marsh, H.J & Brother, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Commissioned By: Marsh, H.J & Brother, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1852-1862
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 346
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 159

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