Copper one Penny Surcharged Token, minted by the Royal Mint, London, circa 1826. Issued by King George IV. It was surcharged 'W.C. Cook Bay St Sandridge Sugar Works Treacle Delivered', circa 1860.
W.C. Cook was an early Port Melbourne retailer. Cook's tokens, struck in 1862 by Melbourne medallist Thomas Stokes, bore the inscription 'Sugar Companies Treacle delivered'. Cook was the first merchant to carry their product, and the inclusion of this information on the token suggests that the Sugar Company's establishment was something of an event in Melbourne. The Victorian Sugar Company was established in Sandridge (now Port Melbourne) in 1857.
A round copper coin (34 mm diameter) worn surcharged in six lines (the first and last curved around the rim) SUGAR WORKS / BY / W. COOK / BAY ST / SANDRIDGE / TREACLE DELIVERED
surcharged in six lines SUGAR WORKS / BY / W. COOK / BAY ST / SANDRIDGE / . TREACLE DELIVERED .
The head of george IV much worn
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), George McArthur, 15/3/1976
circa 1860 AD
W C Cook - Oddfellows Store, Bay Street, Sandridge (Port Melbourne), Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1860
In 1862, W.C. Cook issued his own tokens struck by Stokes in Melbourne. This surcharged token probably predates that issue.
Obverse: SUGAR WORKS / BY / W. COOK / BAY ST / SANDRIDGE / TREACLE DELIVERED
Type of item
16.54 g (Weight)
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., cf No.1051, p.142 Pages