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Token Die - Halfpenny, Adamson, Watts McKechnie & Co, Wholesale & Retail Warehousemen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35774

Steel Halfpenny Token Die, made by Reginald Scaife of the Kangaroo Office, Melbourne from an unfinishe steel die prepared by W.J. Taylor of London. It was used to strike Halfpenny tokens for Adamson, Watts, McKechnie & Co., Wholesale and Retail Warehousemen, in Melbourne, circa 1855. Adamson joined the existing softgoods business of Watts and McKechnie & Co in April 1855, however the firm became insolvent in September of that year, a common situation as Melbourne's economy slowed considerably, overwhelmed by the massive boom of the early gold rush.

Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
A steel die 54 mm high with a base diameter of 45 mm and a working surface diameter of 28 mm for the manufacture of halfpenny denomination trade tokens. The die features the name of the company and it business interests; Adamson, Watts, McKechnie & Co. wholesale and retail warehousemen. It has suffered some corrosion on the working surface.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 45 mm (Height), 54 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: numismatic dies, numismatic technology, retail trade, retailing, warehouses, wholesale trade
Themes this item is part of: Adamson Watts McKechnie & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Kangaroo Office Mint, Melbourne, Victoria, 1854-1857
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: dies
Series: Dies, Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1855 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: Around within a border of 129 beads; ADAMSON, WATTS, MCKECHNIE & CO. . in three lines at centre, WHOLESALE / & RETAIL / WAREHOUSMEN. All incuse mirror.
Material: Steel
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Kangaroo Office (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1855
Commissioned By: Adamson Watts McKechnie & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1855
Previous Collection: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Numismatics Collection, pre 1976

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