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Token - 1 Penny, John Allen, General Stores, Kiama, New South Wales, Australia, 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3507

Copper One Penny Token, minted by J.C. Thornthwaite, 1855. Issued by John Allen, General Stores, Kiama, New South Wales. John Allen is said to have rejected tokens made for him by the Sydney Medalist J.C. Thornthwaite in 1855, because of their poor workmanship. After John had rejected his tokens they were disposed of at a penny each by Thornthwaite to the toll gatekeeper at Annandale [Sydney], who passed them on in change to hapless wayfarers.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name and business name of the issuer, John Allen General Stores of Kiama. It features Arms with the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA and a floral bouquet of rose, thistle and shamrock.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 16.441 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: retailing, shops, toll gates
Themes this item is part of: John Allen, General Stores, Kiama, New South Wales, John Craven Thornthwaite, Token Maker & Medalist, Sydney, New South Wales (1820-?), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Henry Marcus Clark, Draper (?-1913)
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - New South Wales
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1855 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Curved around central image of rose, shamrock and thistle, JOHN ALLEN / GENERAL / STORES / . KIAMA .
Reverse Description: Arms of New South Wales supported by poorly formed kangaroo (left) and emu (right); above, ADVANCE AUSTRALIA; below, 1855
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: JOHN ALLEN / GENERAL / STORES / . KIAMA .
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: John Allen - John Allen General Stores, Kiama, New South Wales, Australia, 1855

John Allen rejected these tokens and they were supplied to the Annendale Toll Gate by the manufacturer J.C. Thornthwaite.
Mint: John Thornthwaite, Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia, 1855
Artist: John Thornthwaite, 1855
Previous Collection: (Henry) Clark
Previous Collection: Gilbert Heyde
References: This token was considered a pattern by Heyde but the circumstances of its release are identicle to William Allen's pieces - sold to the Keeper of the Annendale Toll Gate after being rejected by Allen.
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No.5
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, Related to No.1

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