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Token - Halfpenny, Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers & Clothiers, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1857 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3638

Copper Halfpenny Token, minted by an unknown British Mint. Issued by Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers & Clothiers, Adelaide, circa 1857. The firm Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers, were in business from at least 1854. They are listed in Howell's Adelaide Directory for 1858, although the partnership must have been dissolved between the time Howell collected the listings for his directory and July of that year as during that month advertisements appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser informing the public that Crocker & Co. were 'SELLING OFF, SELLING OFF. - Crocker & Co. beg to inform the public of South Australia that they have determined on relinquishing the DRAPERY TRADE.' These advertisements continued until September 1858, indicating that the public had not cleared the stock of Crocker & Co. at any great pace.

Previous Collections: George McArthur
A round copper token (28 mm diameter). The token features the name address and business of the issuer: Crocker & Hamilton of Adelaide, Port Adelaide and Burra Burra, Drapers, Silk Merchants and Clothiers. It features a front view of the companiesshop at Regent House in Adelaide.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 7.431 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: clothing trade, drapers, silk
Themes this item is part of: Crocker & Hamilton, Drapers, Adelaide, South Australia, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Clothing & Textiles Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, McArthur Bequest
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - South Australia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1857 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: At centre within line circle, DRAPERS / SILK MERCHANTS / AND / CLOTHERS; around, CROCKER AND HAMILTON . 1857 . Fine die cracks from rim to R of CROCKER and from rim to M of HAMILTON.
Reverse Description: At centre within line circle a view of the shop front the windows filled with clothing, above the door, REGENT HOUSE; below the windows left, TAILORS right, DRAPERS; around, ADELAIDE, PORT ADELAIDE . AND BURRA BURRA . Fine die crack along rim beading below RRA at 06.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Crocker & Hamilton, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1857
Previous Collection: George McArthur
  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, No. 83
  4. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 49

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