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Token - Halfpenny, Tea Stores, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1852 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4215

Summary:
Australia New South Wales Sydney
Tea Stores Token Halfpenny, 1852 (AD)
Raised bricks, sunken joints type with added perspective on side wall.
Mint: J.C. Thornthwaite
Previous Collections: George McArthur
Standard References: Andrews 428 var. = Heyde 248/2
Description:
A round copper token (29 mm diameter). The token design featuring the business and foundation date of the issuer: Tea Stores Steam Coffee Mill. It features a view of teas store and shop; on building at left background in five lines; TEA / STORE / STEAM / COFFEE / MILLS in exergue, ESTABLISHED / 1835 / SYDNEY. The side wall of the building has had a second series of 'bricks' added suggesting perspective - difficult to see due to wear on this example. On the reverse is Britannia seated facing right wearing Corinthian helmet and holding a trident in her left hand, shield with Union Jack resting behind. Above, BRITANNIA; in exergue, 1852 and, in small letters below shield, JCT.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 29 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 8.465 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: coffee, retail trade, retailing, tea
Themes this item is part of: Tea Stores, Sydney, New South Wales, John Craven Thornthwaite, Token Maker & Medalist, Sydney, New South Wales (1820-?), George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, McArthur Bequest
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - New South Wales
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1852 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: View of teas store and shop; on building at left background in five lines; TEA / STORE / STEAM / COFFEE / MILLS, shopfront bricks raised. The side wall of the building has had a second series of 'bricks' added suggesting perspective. In exergue, ESTABLISHED / 1835 / SYDNEY
Reverse Description: Britannia seated facing right wearing Corinthial helmet and holding a trident in her left hand, shield with Union Jack resting behind. Above, BRITANNIA; in exergue, 1852 and, in small letters below shield, JCT
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: TEA STORE STEAM COFFEE MILLS ESTABLISHED 1835 SYDNEY
Reverse: BRITANNIA 1852 JCT
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Tea Stores, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1852
Mint: John Thornthwaite, New South Wales, Australia, 1852
Previous Collection: George McArthur
References: Andrews 428 var. = Heyde 248/2
Bibliography:
  1. [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
  2. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
  3. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921
  4. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967

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