Copper One Penny Token, minted by an unknown British mint. Issued by H. Lipscombe, Seedsman & Produce Salesman, Hobart, circa 1860.
Henry Lipscombe Junior took over the retail business as nurseryman and seedsman from his father Frederick Lipscombe in 1854. Henry had previously worked as an assistant to his father for seven years.
In an advertisement dated August 22 1854, Lipscombe addressed himself 'To Growers of Prize Cucumbers and Melons', drawing their attention to the fact that 'The Undersigned, in addition to his other stock of seeds, has just received a small stock of choice Cucumbers and Melons'.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and business of the issuer: H. Lipscombe, Murray St. Hobart Town, seedsman, salesman and shipping supply agent. It features a bouquet of produce that includes grapes, apples, pears, mellon and pineapple. This token has been scratched on the reverse
At centre, a bouquet of produce that includes grapes, apples, pears, mellon and pineapple. Around, H. LIPSCOMBE MURRAY STREET HOBART TOWN * SEEDSMAN & SALESMAN *
Across centre in two lines, ONE PENNY / TOKEN around, SHIPPING SUPPLIED WITH ALL KINDS OF COLONIAL PRODUCE *
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Alfred Chitty, 15/3/1976
circa 1860 AD
Obverse: H. LIPSCOMBE MURRAY STREET HOBART TOWN SEEDSMAN & SALESMAN Reverse: ONE PENNY TOKEN SHIPPING SUPPLIED WITH ALL KINDS OF COLONIAL PRODUCE
Type of item
12.418 g (Weight)
The Lipscombe token issue required two reverse dies but only one obverse die. The reverses are identified as follows: Reverse O of ONE Legend starts Rim denticles 1 beside LI with . 134 2 beside PL without . 138 Die combinations recorded for Jarvey are, A/1, A/2 (this token)
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 330
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 150/2