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Token - 1 Penny, J. Sawyer, Tobacconist, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1864 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 40857

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, minted by an unknown British mint. Issued by J. Sawyer, Tobacconist, Brisbane, 1864.
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name address and business of the issuer: J. Sawyer, Brisbane, Wholesale and Retail Tobacconist. The reverse features a set of Arms with emu and kangaroo supporters and the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA. This token has been cleaned and has a finely pitted surface.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.709 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: 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 - Queensland
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1864 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: J. SAWYER / WHOLESALE / & RETAIL / TOBACCONIST / BRISBANE within a border of 141 dots
Cleaned
Reverse Description: At centre Arms with emu and kangaroo rupporters both facing away from the shield and looking back towards it, the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA on a ribbon below. Above, QUEENSLAND; below, 1864
Cleaned pitted and partly re-toned
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: J. SAWYER WHOLESALE & RETAIL TOBACCONIST BRISBANE
Reverse: QUEENSLAND 1864 ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
Material: Copper
Issued By: J Sawyer - Tobacconist, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 1864
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
References: Dr. Andrews suggested that this issue was struck by Stokes (p. 83). This seems very unlikley as the style of work is not like that produced by Stokes. The rim beading for example is smaller and better entered with 141 beads, well above the Stokes average. In addition the British Museum was presented with a proof striking of this type in February 1866 (donated by the Hon. R. Marsham), this matches other pieces of British manufacture but not Stokes.
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 469
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 223

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