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Specimen Token - Halfpenny, Adamson, Watts McKechnie & Co, Wholesale & Retail Warehousemen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3505

Copper Halfpenny Specimen Token, minted by the Kangaroo Office, Melbourne. Issued by Adamson, Watts, McKechnie & Co., Wholesale and Retail Warehousemen, in Melbourne. 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: George McArthur
A round copper token (28 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: Adamson, Watts and McKechnie & Co.; 11 Collins St. East, Melbourne; wholesale and retail warehousemen. The token is a proof striking with lightly toned mirror fields. It bears the date May 1st. 1855.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 8.238 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: retail trade, retailing, warehouses, wholesale trade, threepence
Themes this item is part of: Adamson Watts McKechnie & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Kangaroo Office Mint, Melbourne, Victoria, 1854-1857, McArthur Bequest
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: specimen strikes
Series: 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
Reverse Description: Around within a border of 123 beads; .11 COLLINS ST. EAST . MELBOURNE in two lines at centre, MAY 1ST. / 1855
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Adamson Watts McKechnie & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1855
Mint: Kangaroo Office (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1855
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. 3
  4. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 3
  5. [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. 41


David Briggs Posted on 25 Aug 2010 12:50 PM
There is no Penny, only Halfpeeny.
Your details of the firm are quite inadequate and mostly wrong although this time you did get all the Christian names right.
Discovery Centre Posted on 02 Sep 2010 10:30 AM
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