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Token - 1 Penny, J.M. Leigh, Tobacconist, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1852 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4024

Copper One Penny Token, minted by an unknown British mint. Issued by J.M. Leigh, Tobacconist, Sydney, circa 1852. In 1851 James Mayne Leigh began trading in George Street East, Sydney. Leigh was still trading in 1861. In the 1861 May editions of the Sydney Morning Herald, Leigh advised 'Wholesale Buyers' that 'The undersigned have REDUCED the wholesale prices of tobacco and cigars - J.M. Leigh & Co.' In 1866 the tobacconist's business was closed, but the partners opened a new business, Watkins and Leigh, Wholesale grocers, and wine and spirit merchants, at 422 George Street.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token design featues the name, address and business of the issuer:
J.M. Leigh, 524 George Street Sydney, Tobacconist. The reverse features Britannia seated on a rock against which a shield decorated with the Union Jack. Britannia extends an olive branch and holds a trident over her shoulder. On the horizon to the right a sailing ship.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 15.655 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: retailing, shops, tobacco, tobacconist
Themes this item is part of: James Mayn Leigh, Tobacconist & Wholesaler (1820-1871), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, 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: circa 1852 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: J.M.LEIGH / TOBACCONIST / 524 GEORGE STREET / SYDNEY the first and last lines curved
Reverse Description: Britannia seated facing left with shield bearing Union Jack resting at right; right hand extended holding olive branch; trident on left arm; sailing ship in background at left; around above, BRITANNIA
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: J.M. Leigh, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1850-1867
Previous Collection: Eugene von Guerard, pre 1880
References: -May, T. "Tokens of George Street." Australian Numismatist. 1988 (Special Bicentennial Edition): pp21-36
-Advertisement. Sydney Morning Herald. 17 May 1861: p.6.
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 319
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 146

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