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Token - 1 Penny, J.G. Fleming, Grocer & Tea Dealer, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1874 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 36158

Summary:
Bronze One Penny Token, mint unknown. Issued by J.G. Fleming, Grocer & Tea Dealer, Hobart, 1874. John Gidley Fleming was a grocer and a tea dealer in, Hobart. The Tasmanian Pioneer's Database lists Fleming as born in Hobart in 1840, marrying Emma Piguenit in Hobart during 1862, and that they had nine children. It also lists both his parents and his sister. It does not give the date of his death.
Description:
A round bronze token (31 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: J.G. Fleming, Sugar Loaf, Hobart Town, grocer & tea dealer. The obverse features a circular scroll work and the reverse a sugar loaf stamped F.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 9.168 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: grocers, retail trade, retailing, sugar trade, tea trade
Themes this item is part of: John Gidley Fleming, Grocer & Tea Dealer, Hobart, Tasmania (1840-?), 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 - Tasmania
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1874 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At the centre within a beaded circle a circular scroll work, around within beared rim, J.G. FLEMING GROCER & TEA DEALER
Reverse Description: At centre within a beaded circle, a sugar loaf inscribed with the letter F; around, . SUGAR LOAF . HOBART TOWN 1874
Edge Description: plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: J.G. FLEMING GROCER & TEA DEALER
Reverse: SUGAR LOAF HOBART TOWN 1874 F
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: John Fleming, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1874
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
References: Fleming's trade token issue involved two slightly different obverse dies and two slightly different reverse dies in its production. Identification of these dies is employed both for the standard references and the museum's storage system. Obverse A only occurs with reverse 1 and obverse B with reverse 2 so it is possible that the issue was struck on two presses at the one time.
Obverse A: a single scroll leaf points to the bead after the R of DEALER
Obverse B: a single scroll leaf points to the R of DEALER

Reverse 1: The base of the sugar loaf is 8.0 mm
Reverse 2: The base of the sugar loaf is 7.0 mm

This token was struck with dies A/1
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 73/2
  2. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 129

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