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Token - 1 Penny, John Allen, General Stores, Kiama, New South Wales, Australia, 1855 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.
|Dimensions:||34 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||16.441 g (Weight)|
|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|
|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|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse: JOHN ALLEN / GENERAL / STORES / . KIAMA .
Reverse: ADVANCE AUSTRALIA 1855
|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.|
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