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Surcharged Token - 'H.G.' on 1 Penny, J.W.& G. Williams, Ironmongers & Drapers, Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia, circa 1858 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18768

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by J.W.& G. Williams, Ironmongers & Drapers, Eaglehawk, Victoria, circa 1858. Surcharged H.G. John Williams arrived in Melbourne from Yorkshire in 1849. His brother George joined him a year later and the brothers tried their luck in the Bendigo gold fields and ended up establishing a general store in Eaglehawk. They described themselves as 'ironmongers, grocers, drapers, gold office, wine and spirit merchant, and colonial produce merchant.' The brothers worked their store until 1876 when they terminated their partnership. John continued in their original business and George opened another store in the same town.
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: J.W. Williams, Eaglehawk, Gold Office, wine, spirit and colonial produce merchants, grocers, ironmongers, and drapers; surcharged H.G.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.60 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: colonial produce, drapers, gold, grocers, ironmongers, spirits, surcharged tokens, wine spirit merchants
Themes this item is part of: J.W.& G. Williams, General Store Keepers, Eaglehawk, Victoria, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: surcharged strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1858 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: J.W.& G. WILLIAMS / GROCERS / IRONMONGERS / & / DRAPERS / EAGLE HAWK surcharged H.G.

border of 134 beads
Reverse Description: GOLD OFFICE / WINE, SPIRIT, / COLONIAL / PRODUCE / MERCHANTS / EAGLE HAWK surcharged H.G. twice
border of 133 beads
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: J. W. & G. WILLIAMS GROCERS IRONMONGERS & DRAPERS EAGLE HAWK surcharged H.G.

Reverse: GOLD OFFICE WINE, SPIRIT, COLONIAL PRODUCE MERCHANTS EAGLE HAWK
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: J.W.& G. Williams, Ironmongers & Drapers, Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia, circa 1858
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1858

Andrews, p.101, gives Stokes as the mint but in some aspectts it doesn't match their work. It is more likley to be an English Mint. - J. Sharples Oct 2004.
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
References: Andrews 638 = Heyde 276 = Sharples V.28
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No.638
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No.276
  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., V.28

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