Summary

Copper one Penny Token, minted by W.J. Taylor of London. Issued by E.F. Dease in Launceston, Tasmania, circa 1855. The mintage figure for this token type was 10000 pieces. Dease was a wholesale and retail draper in Launceston. He issued token penny and halfpenny pieces, from his store 'The Golden Fleece' in 1855. Henry Hall was a grocer, wine and spirit merchant and ran a coffee mill. He arranged for two mints to strike tokens, W.J. Taylor in London, and Stokes in Melbourne.

Previous Collections: Hon. William M.K. Vale

Physical Description

A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and business of the company which issued the tokens: E.F. Dease, Brisbane Street, Launceston, wholesale and retail draper. The reverse features a Golden Fleece hanging from a ribbon linked to a pineapple with six leaves at the top and surrounded by the Latin motto SIC VOS NON VOBIS VELLERA FERTIS OVES.

Obverse Description

At centre between plain scrolls, E.F. DEASE; above, ONE, below, PENNY; around, WHOLESALE & RETAIL DRAPERY WAREHOUSE * BRISBANE ST. *

Reverse Description

Golden Fleece hanging from ribbon attached to pineapple with 6 spikes; around, SIC VOS NON VOBIS VELLERA FERTIS OVES +

Edge Description

Plain

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Honourable William M. Vale JP

  • Date Issued

    circa 1855 AD

  • Issued By

    Edward Francis Dease - The Golden Fleece, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 1855-1860
    I have made a note that they were issued in 1855 but cannot find the reference.

  • Previous Collection

    Honourable William M. Vale JP

  • Inscriptions

    Obverse: E.F. DEASE ONE PENNY WHOLESALE & RETAIL DRAPERY WAREHOUSE BRISBANE ST. Reverse: SIC VOS NON VOBIS VELLERA FERTIS OVES

  • Denomination

    1 Penny

  • Series

    Trade Tokens

  • Material

    Copper

  • Axis

    06

  • Classification

    Trade tokens, Australia - tasmania, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Numismatics

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Dimensions

    15.53 g (Weight)

  • Shape

    Round

  • References

    -McNeice, R., Tasmanian Coins and Tokens, 1803 - 1910, pp. 72 -74; -'Tasmanian Tradesman's Tokens' in Tasmanian Numismatist, Internet Edition, Vol. 6, Issue 11, November 2001. [Link 1] - A. Regan 6/5/2005 -Launceston Assessment Roll 1856, Indexed by Ailsa Herbert of Kingston Tasmania 1999, [Link 2] - A.Regan 25/2/2005 -Advertisement. Hull's Royal Calendar for 1858 - 1860: p.24. This is the standard reverse die, six spikes from the top of the pineapple, the S of SIC re-entered and sometimes with a die chip evident above the second N of NON. There is a second variety of this penny, not held, with the pineapple having seven spikes. The example in the Downie collection weighed 17.7 g with die axis 06, the S if SIC was not re-entered and there was no die chip over the second N of NON.
    [Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 99
    [Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 58/1
    [Book] McNeice, Roger. Coins and Tokens of Tasmania 1803-1910.

  • Keywords

    Drapers, Golden Fleece, Retail Trade, Retailing, Wholesale Trade