Australia Victoria Melbourne
T. Warburton Token Penny, 1862 (AD)
Mint: Thomas Stokes
Standard References: Andrews 596 = Heyde 261/2 = Sharples V.180
Other Details: Die combination C / Vine 2 see notes tab for details.
A copper trade token penny (32 mm diameter) featuring the name address and business of the issuer: T. Warburton, 11 Little Bourke St. West, Melbourne, Iron & Zinc Spouting Works. The reverse is from a Stokes stock die Vine 1: At centre within a line circle a piece of grape vine with nine large leaves and two bunches of grapes, below, but still within the line circle the manufacturers name T. STOKES MAKER MEL.; around above, VICTORIA 1862, around below the Latin IN VINO VERITAS. This token has been cleaned and the obverse has re-toned dark green.
At centre within a line circle T. WARBURTON 11 LITTLE COLLINS ST WEST around, IRON & ZINC SPOUTING WORKS : MELBOURNE :
At centre within a line circle a piece of grape vine with nine large leaves and two bunches of grapes, below, but still within the line circle the manufacturers name T. STOKES MAKER MEL.; around above, VICTORIA 1862, around below the Latin IN VINO VERITAS. Border of 113 beads. This is a Stokes stock reverse, used for many trade token issuers. It is numbered in the standard catalogues as: Sharples Vine 2 = Heyde Vine 2 = Andrews 1.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11/1/1978
Obverse: T. WARBURTON 11 LITTLE COLLINS ST WEST MELBOURNE IRON & ZINC SPOUTING WORKS Reverse: VICTORIA . 1862 IN VINO VERITAS T. STOKES MAKER MEL
Type of item
15.267 g (Weight)
Andrews 596 = Heyde 261/2 = Sharples V.180 T. Warburton advertised in the Melbourne Directory for 1862 as a galvanised iron spout maker. The same year he employed Stokes to strike a large order of penny tokens. Three obverse dies were needed to complete the order using Stokes stock reverse dies for the reverses. In all seven combinations of dies have been confirmed with an additional two reported by Andrews and repeated by Heyde (with the rider Not Seen) rejected by Sharples (JNAA.7.67-8). Identification of the obverse die employed for a particular token can be made by following the steps: 1. If there is no stop after the abbreviation ST of BOURKE ST it is obverse C 2 If there is a stop and the word WEST is 11.0 mm long it is obverse B 3. If there is a stop and the word WEST is 11.8 mm long it is die A (this die cracked down the left side through the letters NC od ZINC through the W, T and B to the I of IRON if present this die crack is a clear identifier of obverse A.) The museum storage and standard references are based on these die identifications. The following die combinations with stock Stokes reverses (Numbered according to Sharples JNAA.7 pp. 5 -10) have been confirmed: A/Emu 1 (two weight standards), B/Sheaf 1, B/Arms 6, C/ Emu 1, C/Vine 1, C/Vine 2 and C/Sheaf 1
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins.
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.
[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.