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Token - Halfpenny, 'For Alloying Gold Refined Australian Copper', Charles Harrold & Co, Pauls St Square, Birmingham, England, Great Britain, circa 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4601

Summary:
Australia
Charles Harrold & Co. Token c. 1855 (AD)
Mint: Unknown British
Description:
A round copper token (28 mm diameter). The token features the name address and buisness of the issuer: Charles Harrold & Co. St. Pauls Square, Birmingham; and the statement "Refined Australian copper for alloying gold".
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 29 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 17.563 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: This seems too heavy for a halfpenny but the diameter is too small for a penny.

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Tagged with: gold
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain - England
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1855 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: CHARLES HARROLD & Co / -+- / ST PAULS SQ / -+- / * BIRMINGHAM *
Reverse Description: At centre, FOR / ALLOYING / GOLD; around, + REFINED AUSTRALIAN COPPER
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: CHARLES HARROLD & Co ST PAULS SQ BIRMINGHAM
Reverse: FOR ALLOYING GOLD REFINED AUSTRALIAN COPPER
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Charles Harrold, Australia
Commissioned By: Charles Harrold & Co, Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1850-1867
References: None found.
Some of these are believed to have circulated in Australia but no evidence for this has been found.
The two examples in MV collection have very different weights - 17.563 for this and 12.257 for NU 27486
so too the related Joseph Lane pieces: 12.477 for NU11686 and 10.053 for NU4600.
This is uncharacteristic of token weight standards. - John Sharples

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