Joseph Lane & Son Token Halfpenny c. 1855 (AD)
Mint: Unknown British
Standard References: Andrews 673 = Heyde Related 46
A round copper token (28 mm diameter). The token features the name address and buisness of the issuer: Joseph Lane & Son, 3 Gt. Charles Street Birmingham, Bullion Dealers and Refiners; and the statement "pure Australian copper for alloying gold".
At centre, 3 / GT. CHARLES ST. / BIRMINGHAM; above, . JOSEPH LANE & SON ., below, BULLION DEALERS & REFINERS
At centre, FOR / ALLOYING / GOLD; around, . REFINED AUSTRALIAN COPPER
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
circa 1855 AD
Obverse: JOSEPH LANE & SON 3 GT. CHARLES ST. BIRMINGHAM BULLION DEALERS & REFINERS Reverse: FOR ALLOYING GOLD REFINED AUSTRALIAN COPPER
Type of item
12.477 g (Weight)
Andrews 673 = Heyde Related 46 Some of these are believed to have circulated in Australia but it I have found no evidence The two examples in our collection have very different weights - 12.477 for this example and 10.053 for NU4600, this is uncharacteristic of token weight standards. - John Sharples
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins.
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.