Australia Tasmania Hobart
W.D. Wood Token Halfpenny c. 1854
Mint: Uncertain British
Previous Collections: Hon. William M.K. Vale
Standard References: Andrews 642 = Heyde 280
Other Details: W.D. Wood ran the Montpellier Retreat Inn in Hobart Town and was a wine and spirit merchant. This token was issued at the same time as the penny type struck with dies B/2, see References for details of die identification.
A round copper token (28 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and business of the company which issued the tokens: W.D. Wood, Montpellier Retreat Inn, Hobart Town, wine and spirit merchant. The reverse features a corner view of the inn with the front door open a flag staff and trees can be seen above the building.
Legend in seven lines, ONE HALFPENNY TOKEN / PAYABLE / ON DEMAND HERE / MONTPELLIER RETREAT / INN, / HOBART TOWN / W.D. WOOD
Corner view of hotel with flag-pole behind; above, MONTPELLIER RETREAT INN below, W.D. WOOD
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Honourable William M. Vale JP, 15/3/1976
circa 1854 AD
Obverse: ONE HALFPENNY TOKEN PAYABLE ON DEMAND HERE MONTPELLIER RETREAT INN HOBART TOWN W.D. WOOD Reverse: MONTPELLIER RETREAT INN W.D. WOOD
Type of item
8.721 g (Weight)
Andrews 641 = Heyde 279 Wood issued two types of penny tokens. The one, dated 1855 is classified as dies A/1 as dated pieces are listed before undated in Andrews. However the heavier weight of the second type argues that it is the earlier, dies B/2. Further, it offers the statement "payable on demand here Montpellier Retreat Inn" also suggesting an earlier issue. This halfpenny denomination, dies C/3, bears the same promise and was issued at the same time.
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins.
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.