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Token - 1 Penny, Alfred Toogood, Rainbow Tavern, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4457

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, minted by W.J.Taylor, London. Issued by Alfred Toogood, Rainbow Tavern, Sydney, 1855. Alfred Toogood was listed as the publican at the Rainbow Tavern between 1855 and 1867. Neither Toogood nor the Rainbow Tavern appear in Sands' Sydney Directories for 1869 or 1870. Toogood was evidently a well regarded member of his community. In 1857 he was nominated as a candidate for the Cook ward of the Sydney Council. It appears that the Rainbow Tavern was an entertainment venue, as well as offering accommodation and meals. Toogood regularly advertised the performers and their acts in the Herald.
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token design featuring the name, general business and address of the issuer: A. Toogood, Merchant, Pitt & King St. Sydney. 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, AUSTRALIA, in exergue, 1855; sailing ship in background.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 15.379 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: retail trade, retailing
Themes this item is part of: Alfred Toogood, Publican, Sydney, New South Wales (circa 1820s-1867), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, United Kingdom, Eugene von Guerard, Artist (1811-1901), Eugene von Guerard Collection
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: A. TOOGOOD / MERCHANT / PITT & KING ST. / SYDNEY
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. Above AUSTRALIA; in exergue, 1855.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: A. TOOGOOD MERCHANT PITT & KING ST. SYDNEY
Reverse: AUSTRALIA 1855
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Alfred Toogood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1855
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1855
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, pre 1880
References: Two obverse dies were employed in the manufacture of this token issue. The easiest test of which die was employed on any particular token is the distance between the Y at the end of SYDNEY and the S of St.; on this type it is 2.0 mm. On the other die it was 3.0 mm see eg. NU4456.
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 587
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 255/2

Comments

Calliope Posted on 15 Nov 2009 10:43 PM
Hi,

I just discovered that I have at least three of these token coins. One is "J.M Leigh, Tobacconist and other is a “Hanks and Lloyd.” and a “Holloways” one.

Can you please tell what I should do with these tokens?

Kind regards,

Calliope
Discovery Centre Posted on 06 Dec 2009 12:20 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
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Rosemary Hall Posted on 15 Feb 2011 11:29 PM
I was interested in an Alfred Toogood, a 17-year old who in ca 1833 was transported to Van Diemans Land for his part in an attack on a factory in Coventry, UK, (where I live.) I googled "Alfred Toogood," & found your coin -which is fascinating. Is there any chance it oculd be the same person? Unfortunately, I do not know anything much about Alfred, other than his age, and the ship he was sent out from. I am probably making too great a jump, wondering if it could be the same man-for all I know, he came back to England a few years after 1833! But I would be interested if you have any more information.
Yours Rosemary
Rosemary Hall Posted on 16 Feb 2011 12:10 AM
Further to my above question, according to
http://arachiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/AUS-CONVICTS/2001-08/0999166362
Alfred started well in Tasmania, but got into troubke, and no records of him survive in the Tasmanian archives after 1836 -but it is thought that he became a wealthy gentleman in Australia, perhaps coming back to Coventry for a visit.
Discovery Centre Posted on 17 Feb 2011 2:43 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Rosemary,
We have not been able to find anything that links the convict Alfred Toogood with the publican Alfred Toogood. You may find more clues at the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages;
http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/familyHistory/familyHistory.htm
Or the National Library of Australia;
http://trove.nla.gov.au/
There is a lot of information on both sites, but it will need a dedicated detective to sort through it! Let us know how you get on.

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