Copper one Penny Surcharged Token, minted by the Royal Mint, London, circa 1797. Issued by King George III. 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 worn 1797 British penny surcharged BY W.C. COOK BAY ST SANDRIDGE SUGAR WORKS TREACLE DELIVERED and E W also F P N on the reverse
Worn 1797 penny surcharged BY W.C. COOK BAY ST SANDRIDGE SUGAR WORKS TREACLE DELIVERED and E W
surcharged F P N
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: BY W.C. COOK BAY ST SANDRIDGE SUGAR WORKS TREACLE DELIVERED and E W Reverse: F P N
Type of item
21.66 g (Weight)
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No.1051, p.142 Pages