Token - 1 Penny, J.M. Leigh, Tobacconist, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1852 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
|Dimensions:||34 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||15.655 g (Weight)|
|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|
|DateEra:||circa 1852 AD|
|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|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse: J.M.LEIGH TOBACCONIST 524 GEORGE STREET SYDNEY
|Issued By:||J.M. Leigh, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1850-1867|
|Previous Collection:||Eugene von Guerard, pre 1880|
-May, T. "Tokens of George Street." Australian Numismatist. 1988 (Special Bicentennial Edition): pp21-36
-Advertisement. Sydney Morning Herald. 17 May 1861: p.6.
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