Summary

Australia Victoria South Yarra
Fisher Token Halfpenny 1857 (AD)
Mint: W.J. Taylor, London

Standard References: Andrews 122 = Heyde 70 = Sharples V.200

Physical Description

A round copper token (28 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: Fisher, Marlborough House, Gardeners Creek Road, Draper. The reverse features an emu standing facing right looking at Kangaroo seated on tail in grassy field facing left, around above, AUSTRALIA, in exergue the date, 1857.

Obverse Description

At centre in five lines, FISHER / DRAPER / MARLBOROUGH HOUSE / GARDENERS CREEK ROAD

Reverse Description

An emu standing facing right looking at Kangaroo seated on tail in grassy field facing left, around above, AUSTRALIA, in exergue the date, 1857

Edge Description

Plain

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

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

  • Date Issued

    1857 AD

  • Issued By

    Mrs Fisher, South Yarra, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1857

  • Mint

    W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1857

  • Previous Collection

    Eugene von Guerard, pre 1880

  • Inscriptions

    Obverse: FISHER DRAPER MARLBOROUGH HOUSE GARDENERS CREEK ROAD Reverse: AUSTRALIA 1857

  • Denomination

    Halfpenny

  • Series

    Trade Tokens

  • Material

    Copper

  • Axis

    12

  • Classification

    Trade tokens, Australia - victoria, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Numismatics

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Dimensions

    7.569 g (Weight)

  • Shape

    Round

  • References

    Andrews 122 = Heyde 70 = Sharples V.200 -Sharples, J.. 'Catalogue of Victorian Trade Tokens'. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. Vol. 7. December 1993: pp. 74 - 75. - Hope, John. Biography of Mrs Fisher. Unpublished MSS. 2005: 1pp. "The production of the Fisher tokens is attributed to W.J. Taylor in London on account of the similarity of the reverse type to Taylor's stock penny. In 1857 Stokes acquired the Kangaroo Office press from Reginald Scaife. On assumes that this order for halfpence was passed back to London by Scaife in 1856 at which time he was no longer involved in token manufacture" J. Sharples JNAA.7 p.74.
    [Article] Sharples, John P. 1993. A Catalogue of the Trade Tokens of Victoria 1848 to 1862. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. vol.7: p.1-77.
    [Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.
    [Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins.

  • Keywords

    Drapers