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Token - Halfpenny, Late Strike, Crothers & Co, Tea Merchants & Storekeepers, Stawell, Victoria, Australia Numismatics Reg. No: NU 41476

Copper Halfpenny Token, late strike, 1982. This is an obverse die squeeze of a Halfpenny Token originally minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne and issued by Crothers & Co, Tea Merchants & Storekeepers, Stawell, circa 1862. It was made by Made for display beside the die in 1982.

The three Crothers brothers, William, David and Hugh, arrived from Canada in August 1854. The brothers travelled the country (most likely trying their luck at the various gold fields) for ten years before deciding to open a store at Stawell. They opened their store in Main Street, Stawell in 1865. After a number of years David left the partnership and opened his own store in Melbourne. The other brothers continued their business until they retired in 1900. In 1910 William was living in Armadale, Hugh was in Stawell and David still running his own business, was in Oakleigh. They issued their tokens after they became illegal, the first penny and the halfpenny being issued in 1865, with the other two tokens issued in later years.
A uniface round bronze token (26 mm diameter). The token features the name and business of the issuer: Crothers & Co., Tea Merchants, General Storekeepers.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 8.96 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: late strikes
Themes this item is part of: Crothers & Co., Shop Keepers, Stawell, Victoria, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: late strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: Across centre in two lines, CROTHERS / & CO. around above, TEA MERCHANTS around below, & GENERAL STOREKEEPERS
Reverse Description: Plain
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Crothers & Co., South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Commissioned By: Crothers & Co., Stawell, Victoria, Australia

Die commissioned by this firm in about 1860
  1. [Article] Sharples, John P. 1993. A Catalogue of the Trade Tokens of Victoria 1848 to 1862. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. vol.7: p.1-77., V. 203
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 52
  3. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 89

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