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Token - Halfpenny, Adamson, Watts McKechnie & Co, Wholesale & Retail Warehousemen, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1982 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 41475

Copper Halfpenny Token, a late strike of the obverse of the token originally minted by the Kangaroo Office, Melbourne, for Adamson, Watts, McKechnie & Co., Wholesale and Retail Warehousemen, in Melbourne. Adamson joined the existing softgoods business of Watts and McKechnie & Co in April 1855, however the firm became insolvent in September of that year, a common situation as Melbourne's economy slowed considerably, overwhelmed by the massive boom of the early gold rush. This token was struck in 1982.
A round uniface copper token (27 mm diameter) with the name and buisness of the firm that commissioned the die: Adamson, Watts, McKechnie & Co., wholesale and retail warehousemen.
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 27 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 8.860 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: late strikes
Themes this item is part of: Adamson Watts McKechnie & Co., Melbourne, Victoria, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1982 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: Around rim, ADAMSON, WATTS, McKECHNIE & Co. at centre in three lines WHOLESALE / & RETAIL / WAREHOUSEMEN
Reverse Description: Plain
Edge Description: Plain
Material: Copper
Issued By: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Commissioned By: Adamson Watts McKechnie & Co., 1855

This late strike was manufactured to display beside the original die in 1982.
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 3
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 3
  3. [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. 41

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