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
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.
At centre between plain scrolls, E.F. DEASE; above, ONE, below, PENNY; around, WHOLESALE & RETAIL DRAPERY WAREHOUSE * BRISBANE ST. *
Golden Fleece hanging from ribbon attached to pineapple with 6 spikes; around, SIC VOS NON VOBIS VELLERA FERTIS OVES +
Donation from Honourable William M. Vale JP
circa 1855 AD
Obverse: E.F. DEASE ONE PENNY WHOLESALE & RETAIL DRAPERY WAREHOUSE BRISBANE ST. Reverse: SIC VOS NON VOBIS VELLERA FERTIS OVES
Type of item
15.53 g (Weight)
-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.
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[Book] McNeice, Roger. Coins and Tokens of Tasmania 1803-1910.