Australia New South Wales Sydney
Whitty & Brown Token Penny c.1860 (AD)
Mint: Whitty and Brown
Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
Standard References: Andrews 634 = Heyde 5/2

Physical Description

A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token does not include the name the issuer and manufacturer: Whitty & Brown, Sydney, but the shared reverse die and characteristic poor workmanship make it clear that this company was responsible. It features the denomination and the motto Advance Australia on the obverse and a representation of Justice standing blindfolded holding scales and an inverted cornucopiae spilling fruit on the ground. The drapery from her right shoulder ends below the horizon line. A sailing ship is on the horizon. The die work is of poor quality and the token weakly struck.

Obverse Description

At centre within line circle, ONE / PENNY; around, ADVANCE AUSTRALIA +++

Reverse Description

Justice blindfolded standing facing to left, the drapery from her right shoulder ends below the horizon line; extends balanced scales in right hand and holds inverted cornucopia in left from which fruits flow onto the ground ending at her feet and not onto the left side of the token; three-masted sailing ship in background at left. The die is cracked to the figure of Justice from the rim at 02 (through the L of WALES), 09, 10 (to her hand and on to join the crack from 02), through the O and U of SOUTH and an edge chip has occurred between 06 and 07.

Edge Description


More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976

  • Date Issued

    circa 1860 AD

  • Issued By

    Whitty & Brown (Mint), Sydney, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

  • Mint

    Whitty & Brown (Mint), Sydney, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1850-1868

  • Previous Collection

    Numismatics Collection, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), pre 1976

  • Inscriptions


  • Denomination

    1 Penny

  • Series

    Trade Tokens

  • Material


  • Axis


  • Classification

    Trade tokens, Australia - new south wales, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Dimensions

    11.735 g (Weight)
    The flan is not quite round, the diameter is less if measured to any point between 03 and 06

  • Shape


  • References

    Andrews 634 = Heyde 5/2 The museum storage system is based on the die combination not on the movement of the dies during production. This series of tokens is believed to have been struck employing a drop hammer. This has resulted in most examples exhibiting double striking. On some occasions the token or die moved to such an extent between strikes as the die bounced that some early collectors described different types - particularly refering to the number of beads in the upper and lower bars of the obverse. Andrews, p.101, correctly pointed out that a tiny flaw from the C of ADVANCE to the inner circle, is found on all tokens. He correctly argues "This would indicate that the variations are due to the mode of manufacture entirely." This was followed by Heyde p.26 and in the museum storage. Four reverse dies were employed with the "One Penny" obverse - two depicting Justice: Reverse 1: the re-engraved form of Justice with a square sleeve on her right arm and the fruit pouring from the inverted cornucopiae flowing along the ground to the left and right of the figure. The folds falling from Justice's right shoulder end well above the horizon line. Reverse 2: a new Justice with clearer defined head and blindfold with the fruit pouring only on the right side of the figure. There seems to be no definition of a ground line on this die. It broke in numerous places during the striking of this issue and does not occur with any other obverse. The folds falling from Justice's right shoulder end below the horizon line. and two depicting an emu and Kangaroo facing each other: Reverse 3: The emu and kangaroo close together, 0.6 mm from the kangaroo paw to the emu neck Reverse 4: The emu and kangaroo distant, 2.0 mm from the kangaroo paw to the emu neck
    [Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins.
    [Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.

  • Keywords

    Law & Justice