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Token - Halfpenny, Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers & Clothiers, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1857 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 36135

Summary:
Copper Halfpenny Token, minted by an unknown British Mint. Issued by Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers & Clothiers, Adelaide, circa 1857. The firm Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers, were in business from at least 1854. They are listed in Howell's Adelaide Directory for 1858, although the partnership must have been dissolved between the time Howell collected the listings for his directory and July of that year as during that month advertisements appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser informing the public that Crocker & Co. were 'SELLING OFF, SELLING OFF. - Crocker & Co. beg to inform the public of South Australia that they have determined on relinquishing the DRAPERY TRADE.' These advertisements continued until September 1858, indicating that the public had not cleared the stock of Crocker & Co. at any great pace.

Previous Collections: Henry S. Smith, South Australia
Description:
A round copper token (28 mm diameter). The token features the name address and business of the issuer: Crocker & Hamilton of Adelaide, Port Adelaide and Burra Burra, Drapers, Silk Merchants and Clothiers. It features a front view of the companies shop at Regent House in Adelaide.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Robert (Bob) Edwards, 1990
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 7.57 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: clothing trade, drapers, silk, tailors
Themes this item is part of: Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers, Adelaide, South Australia, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - South Australia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1857 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: At centre within line circle, DRAPERS / SILK MERCHANTS / AND / CLOTHERS; around, CROCKER AND HAMILTON . 1857 .
Reverse Description: At centre within line circle a view of the shop front the windows filled with clothing, above the door, REGENT HOUSE; below the windows left, TAILORS right, DRAPERS; around, ADELAIDE, PORT ADELAIDE . AND BURRA BURRA .
Inscriptions: Obverse: CROCKER AND HAMILTON DRAPERS SILK MERCHANTS AND CLOTHERS 1857
Reverse: ADELAIDE, PORT ADELAIDE AND BURRA BURRA REGENT HOUSE TAILORS DRAPERS
Material: Copper
Issued By: Crocker & Hamilton, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1857
Previous Collection: Mr Henry Smith
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 83
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 49

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