Australia Tasmania Hobart
W.D. Wood Token Penny 1855
Mint: Uncertain British
Standard References: Andrews 640 = Heyde 278
Other Details: W.D. Wood ran the Montpellier Retreat Inn in Hobart Town and was a wine and spirit merchant. This token was struck with dies A/1, see References for details of die identification.
A round copper token (34 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 and Wood standing behind the bar on which sits a wine jug. This token has been cleaned and the obverse has re-toned dark green.
At centre, W.D. WOOD / WINE / & / SPIRIT / MERCHANT around, MONTPELLIER RETREAT . HOBART TOWN .
Corner view of hotel; above, HOBART TOWN; in exergue, 1855; in small letters around hotel eves, MONTPELLIER RETREAT W.D.WOOD WINE MERCHANT. Wood can be seen through the front door serving behind the bar on which sits a wine or beer jug.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Obverse: W.D. WOOD WINE & SPIRIT MERCHANT MONTPELLIER RETREAT HOBART TOWN Reverse: HOBART TOWN 1855 MONTPELLIER RETREAT W.D.WOOD WINE MERCHANT
Type of item
13.743 g (Weight)
Andrews 640 = Heyde 278 Wood issued two types of penny tokens. This 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.
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins.
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.