Copper One Penny Token, minted by an unknown British mint. Issued by R.S. Waterhouse, Baby Linen Warehouse, Hobart, circa 1858. Rowland Skipsey Waterhouse was born on 29 January 1818, the son of a Methodist clergyman. In October 1839 the firm of R.S. Waterhouse and brothers was established as General Printers and Bookbinders in Hobart Town. Waterhouse's business interests expanded to include ironmongery and drapery.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and business of the company which issued the tokens: R.S. Waterhouse, Manchester House, Hobart Town drapery establishment. The reverse of the token depicts a child suspended from a walking trainer. This token has been cleaned
R.S.WATERHOUSE / DRAPERY / ESTABLISHMENT / HOBART TOWN / ONE PENNY / TOKEN / MANCHESTER HOUSE, the first and last lines being curved
Child in Victorian clothing hanging in walking trainer; around in two lines, FOR READY MONEY THE SPIRIT OF TRADE / BABY LINEN WAREHOUSE
Depiction of child in walking trainer of 1850's.
Explanation of the issue of a trade token - for ready money and the spirit of trade.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
circa 1858 AD
Obverse: R.S.WATERHOUSE DRAPERY ESTABLISHMENT HOBART TOWN ONE PENNY TOKEN MANCHESTER HOUSE Reverse: FOR READY MONEY THE SPIRIT OF TRADE BABY LINEN WAREHOUSE
Type of item
11.463 g (Weight)
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 606
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 267