Copper One Penny Token, minted by Heaton & Sons, Birmingham. Issued by T.H. Jones & Co, Ironmongers, Ipswich, Queensland, circa 1858. T.H. (Thomas Hayes) Jones & Co. took out a full page advertisement in Pugh's 1862 Queensland Almanac, describing the business as 'wholesale and retail ironmongers' and giving his address as Union Street, Ipswich. The following year Jones' advertisement notified the public that he had moved to Bell Street.
Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name address and business of the issuer: T.H. Jones & Co. Ipswich Queensland, Ironmongers and General Importers. The reverse features Justice standing blindfolded facing to left extending right arm with balanced scales, inverted cornucopia from which fruit flows held in left (the letter G among the fruit); sailing ship on horizon at left of token.
At centre within a line circle, T.H.JONES / & Co. / IPSWICH / QUEENSLAND / AUSTRALIA; around, IRONMONGERS & GENERAL IMPORTERS +
Justice standing blindfolded facing to left extending right arm with balanced scales, inverted cornucopia from which fruit flows held in left (letter G among the fruit); above, AUSTRALIA; sailing ship on horizon at left of token.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
circa 1858 AD
Obverse: T.H. JONES & Co. IPSWICH QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA IRONMONGERS & GENERAL IMPORTERS Reverse: AUSTRALIA G
Type of item
14.346 g (Weight)
Heaton and Sons employed three of their stock standing Justice reverse dies to strike the token issue for T.H. Jones & Co. of Ipswich, Queensland. Although the obverse die cracked slightly from the rim to the T of IMPORTERS early in producing the tokens it did not deteriorate to the point where it needed to be replaced. All tokens are struck with the same obverse (Obverse A). Standard references and the Museum storage are arranged by die combinations fornd on the tokens. The three reverse dies can be identified by minor variations in spacing between the start and finish of the word AUSTRALIA and the horizon together with slaght changes in the relative position of the head of Justice in relation to the letters as follows: Die 1st A to Horizon last A to horizon Head 1 6.9 mm 6.5 mm near R 2 6.8 mm 7.9 mm between RA 3 7.5 mm 9.4 mm near A This token was struck with the die combination A/3 and has the obverse die crack to the T of IMPORTERS.
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 307
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 137/3