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Token - Halfpenny, Hanks & Lloyd, Australian Tea Mart, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3813

Summary:
Copper Halfpenny Token, minted by W.J. Taylor, London. Issued by Hanks & Lloyd, Australian Tea Mart, Sydney, 1855. J.G. Hanks joined A. Lloyd to open a business in 1855. The same year Hanks and Lloyd must have received their first tokens, as the partners used them as commemoratives for the opening of the first Sydney Railway in1855, an excellent publicity opportunity. In 1858 the company had changed name, becoming Hanks & Co. It seems that Lloyd was still participating in the business, but he had always been the junior partner.
Description:
A round copper token (28 mm dia) featuring the name, address and business of the issuing company Hanks & Lloyd Sydney Tea Market. The reverse commemorated the opening of the Sydney Railway on 26 September 1855.

The obverse has 132 dots around the rim and the word HANKS is 13.3 mm long
The reverse has a border of 132 dots
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 7.836 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: rail transport, railways, retailing, shops, tea
Themes this item is part of: Hanks & Lloyd, Tea & Coffee Merchants, Sydney, New South Wales, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, United Kingdom, Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - New South Wales
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1855 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: At centre, HANKS / AND / LLOYD; around, AUSTRALIAN TEA MART . SYDNEY .
Reverse Description: At centre, THE / SYDNEY / RAILWAY / 20TH. SEPTR. / 1855 around, . TO COMMEMORATE THE OPENING OF .
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: HANKS AND LLOYD AUSTRALIAN TEA MART SYDNEY
Reverse: TO COMMEMORATE THE OPENING OF THE SYDNEY RAILWAY 20TH. SEPTR. 1855
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Hanks & Lloyd, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1855
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1855
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 189
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 96

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