Copper one Penny Token, minted by an unknown Mint, circa 1853. Issued by Alfred Nicholas, of the Liverpool Tea Warehouse, Hobart. Nicholas established a retail warehouse, offering goods such as sugar, brandy, ale and tobacco. He also took a keen interest in the colony's administration and was a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Assembly in 1858 and 1859, representing Hobart and Kingsborough.
Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and business of the company which issued the tokens: A. Nicholas, Liverpool Tea Warehouse, Liverpool St., Hobarton (sic). The reverse features a crude coat of arms of the city of Liverpool in England
At centre, A. NICHOLAS / LIVERPOOL St.; around, LIVERPOOL TEA WAREHOUSE . HOBARTON .
Arms of the city of Liverpool, within an ornate shield a Liver bird facing left with weed in beak, the supporters are Neptune on left holding a trident and flag and a Triton on right blowing a sea-shell and holding a flag. Below, on ribbon most of the city motto, DEUS NOBIS HAEC FECIT - the correct motto is: Deus Nobis Haec Otia Fecit [God has given us these days of peace]. The crest is a second Liverbird.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
circa 1853 AD
Obverse: A. NICHOLAS LIVERPOOL TEA WAREHOUSE LIVERPOOL St. HOBARTON Reverse: DEUS NOBIS HAEC FECIT
Type of item
17.692 g (Weight)
City of Liverpool's own motto Deus Nobis Haec Otia Fecit [God has given us these days of peace] The arms were granted in 1797 and show a cormorant with a piece of seaweed in its beak. The cormorant also appears on the crest. The supporters are a Triton and Neptune, the God of the sea. They hold banners with the cormorant and a ship. The arms shows the importance of the sea to the city of Liverpool. The cormorant is often referred to as the Liver Bird, and is used widely in the city. [Link 1] 14 Dec. 2004
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 400
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 56