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Token - 1 Penny, John Andrew & Co, Drapers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3520

Copper One Penny Token, mint agent, Coard, London, minted by W.J. Taylor, London. Issued by John Andrew & Co, Drapers, Melbourne, 1862. John Andrew was apprenticed to the drapery trade in Glasgow and was later successful in his own drapery business in Scotland. He migrated to Australia in 1853. In 1854 he was listed in a Melbourne directory as the owner of a drapery and outfitting business in Lonsdale Street. In 1856 John married Ann Forbes, also from Wick. John sold his business in 1869 to Christie and Berwick and retired to live privately. In 1877 he was encouraged to stand for election to represent West Melbourne in the Legislative Assembly. He was duly elected and displayed his characteristic enthusiasm and progressive personality. At the end of his term, however, he retreated into retirement once again.

Previous Collections: George McArthur
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: John Andrew & Co., 11 Lonsdale Street West, Melbourne, drapers. The token features on the reverse a an emu and kangaroo facong each other on a grass covered ground. It bears the date 1862.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.357 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: drapers, import trade, retail trade, retailing
Themes this item is part of: John Andrew & Co., Drapers, Melbourne, Victoria (?-1902), George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, United Kingdom, McArthur Bequest
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1862 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in four lines with elongated diamond shaped bars, MELBOURNE / - / JNO. ANDREW & CO / DRAPERS &c. / - / 11 LONSDALE ST. WEST the first and last lines are curved
Reverse Description: At centre facing each other, emu r. & kangaroo l. above, VICTORIA; in exergue, COARD LONDON / 1862
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: John Andrew & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1860
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1860
Previous Collection: George McArthur
References: This was the third issue of trade tokens by this company the others were in 1860.
  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. 13
  4. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 12
  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. 46

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