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Token - 1 Penny, T. Warburton, Iron & Zinc Spouting Works, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4480

Copper One Penny Token minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by T. Warburton, Iron & Zinc Spouting Works, Melbourne, 1862. Mr & Mrs Warburton arrived in Melbourne on New Year's Day 1954, after working in various jobs the couple established Thomas Warburton Pty. Ltd. in 1858 at 384 Bourke Street, Melbourne where it remained for 108 years. They ran the business together until 1871 when Thomas was killed, with Mrs Warburton managing the business until 1886. She then passed the management to Thomas H. and Ada Warburton. Thomas Warburton Pty. Ltd is today owned by the owned by the multinational Wurth Group. The company is based in Mulgrave, with branches at Sunshine, Kilsyth, Ballarat and Campbellfield.

Previous Collections: George McArthur
A copper trade token penny (32 mm diameter) featuring the name address and business of the issuer: T. Warburton, 11 Little Bourke St. West, Melbourne, Iron & Zinc Spouting Works. The reverse is from a Stokes stock die Sheaf 1: At centre a wheat sheaf tied with a cord, above, ADVANCE AUSTRALIA; below, 1862.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.155 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: housing, iron zinc spouting, plumbing, urban development, wheat, gold laborers union coins waterside wharf melboure
Themes this item is part of: Thomas Warburton, Iron & Zinc Spouting Works, Melbourne, Victoria, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Domestic & Community Life Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, McArthur Bequest
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1862 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre within a line circle T. WARBURTON 11 LITTLE COLLINS ST. WEST around, IRON & ZINC SPOUTING WORKS : MELBOURNE :
Reverse Description: At centre a wheat sheaf tied with a cord 4.7 mm long, above, ADVANCE AUSTRALIA; below, 1862 border of 114 beads. (Stock reverse Andrews type 21 = Heyde Sheaf 1 = Sharples Sheaf 1)
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Thomas Warburton - Iron & Zinc Spouting Works, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Victoria, Australia, 1862
Previous Collection: George McArthur
References: T. Warburton advertised in the Melbourne Directory for 1862 as a galvanised iron spout maker. The same year he employed Stokes to strike a large order of penny tokens. Three obverse dies were needed to complete the order using Stokes stock reverse dies for the reverses. In all seven combinations of dies have been confirmed with an additional two reported by Andrews and repeated by Heyde (with the rider Not Seen) rejected by Sharples (JNAA.7.67-8).
Identification of the obverse die employed for a particular token can be made by following the steps:
1. If there is no stop after the abbreviation ST of BOURKE ST it is obverse C
2 If there is a stop and the word WEST is 11.0 mm long it is obverse B
3. If there is a stop and the word WEST is 11.8 mm long it is die A (this die cracked down the left side through the letters NC od ZINC through the W, T and B to the I of IRON if present this die crack is a clear identifier of obverse A.)
The museum storage and standard references are based on these die identifications.

The following die combinations with stock Stokes reverses (Numbered according to Sharples JNAA.7 pp. 5 -10) have been confirmed: A/Emu 1 (two weight standards), B/Sheaf 1, B/Arms 6, C/ Emu 1, C/Vine 1, C/Vine 2 and C/Sheaf 1
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 600
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 263/2
  3. [Article] Sharples, John P. 1993. A Catalogue of the Trade Tokens of Victoria 1848 to 1862. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. vol.7: p.1-77., No. 176

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