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Token - Halfpenny, I. Friedman, Pawnbroker, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1857 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 29316

Summary:
Copper Halfpenny Token, minted by W.J. Taylor, London. Issued by I. Friedman, Pawnbroker, Hobart, Tasmania, in 1857. Isaac Friedman, was living in Hobart by 1840 and commenced business as a shopkeeper and general Pawnbroker in 1843. He had married Maria Nathan in 1842 and they had eight children, all born in the Hobart area, between 1842 and 1858. Friedman was a significant person in the Hobart Jewish community, in 1842, he kept a public house where the meeting was held that led to the construction of the Hobart Synagogue. His name is recorded on a tablet inside the Synagogue as one of the members of the Hobart Hebrew Congregation's committee in 1843.

Previous Collections: Henry Smith
Description:
A circular copper token (34 mm diameter) with the name, address and business of the issuer: I Friedman, Argyle Street Pawnbroker. The reverse features a female figure representing Justice seated on a wool bale with legs to left but her head and upper body to front. A wine barrel lies on the ground behind her and a three-masted sailing ship sails to the right on the horizon to the left. She wears a blindfold and extends a balanced set of scales with her right hand. With her left she holds an inverted cornucopia from which fruits flow onto the ground. She wears an ancient-style of flowing dress bound at the waist, her left arm bare and right draped to near the elbow. Above the figure is TASMANIA and in the exergue the date 1857.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Robert Edwards - Museum of Victoria, 1988
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 6.260 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: pawnbrokers
Themes this item is part of: Isaac Friedman, Shop Keeper, Hobart, Tasmania (circa 1820-?), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, United Kingdom
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Tasmania
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1857 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: Legend in three lines: I. FRIEDMAN / PAWNBROKER / ARGYLE STREET
Reverse Description: Female figure representing Justice seated on a wool bale with legs to left but her head and upper body to front. A wine barrel lies on the ground behind her and a three-masted sailing ship sails to the right on the horizon to the left. She wears a blindfold and extends a balanced set of scales with her right hand. With her left she holds an inverted cornucopia from which fruits flow onto the ground. She wears an ancient-style of flowing dress bound at the waist, her left arm bare and right draped to near the elbow. Around above, TASMANIA in exergue, 1857
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: I. FRIEDMAN PAWNBROKER ARGYLE STREET
Reverse: TASMANIA 1857
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: I. Friedman, Pawnbroker, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1857
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, England, Great Britain, 1857
Previous Collection: Mr Henry Smith
References: Friedman had a large number of tokens manufactured in London in both penny and halfpenny denominations. To produce the penny pieces three obverse and two reverse dies were needed, while the halfpennies required three obverse dies but only the one reverse. Standard references and museum storage are based on the particular combination of obverse and reverse dies employed to manufacture the particular token. Indenification of the dies used is as follows:

Halfpenny obverse dies
Obverse PAWNBROKER R to T Border beads
D 23.1 mm 0.7 mm 130
E 22.8 mm 1.1 mm 130
F 22.6 mm 0.7 mm 132

Recorded penny die combinations are: D/3, E/3 (this token), F/3

For details of the penny dies see NU 3727
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 138
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 77/3

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