Bronze One Penny Token, mint unknown. Issued by J.G. Fleming, Grocer & Tea Dealer, Hobart, 1874. John Gidley Fleming was a grocer and a tea dealer in, Hobart. The Tasmanian Pioneer's Database lists Fleming as born in Hobart in 1840, marrying Emma Piguenit in Hobart during 1862, and that they had nine children. It also lists both his parents and his sister. It does not give the date of his death.

Physical Description

A round bronze token (31 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: J.G. Fleming, Sugar Loaf, Hobart Town, grocer & tea dealer. The obverse features a circular scroll work and the reverse a sugar loaf stamped F.

Obverse Description

At the centre within a beaded circle a circular scroll work, around within beared rim, J.G. FLEMING GROCER & TEA DEALER

Reverse Description

At centre within a beaded circle, a sugar loaf inscribed with the letter F; around, . SUGAR LOAF . HOBART TOWN 1874

Edge Description


More Information

  • Collection Names

    Royal Melbourne Mint Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11/1/1978

  • Date Issued

    1874 AD

  • Issued By

    John Gidley Fleming, Hobart, Greater Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1874

  • Previous Collection

    Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch

  • Inscriptions


  • Denomination

    1 Penny

  • Series

    Trade Tokens

  • Material


  • Axis


  • Classification

    Trade tokens, Australia - tasmania, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Dimensions

    9.177 g (Weight)

  • Shape


  • References

    Fleming's trade token issue involved two slightly different obverse dies and two slightly different reverse dies in its production. Identification of these dies is employed both for the standard references and the museum's storage system. Obverse A only occurs with reverse 1 and obverse B with reverse 2 so it is possible that the issue was struck on two presses at the one time. Obverse A: a single scroll leaf points to the bead after the R of DEALER Obverse B: a single scroll leaf points to the R of DEALER Reverse 1: The base of the sugar loaf is 8.0 mm Reverse 2: The base of the sugar loaf is 7.0 mm This token was struck with dies A/1
    [Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 73/2
    [Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 129

  • Keywords

    Grocers, Retail Trade, Retailing, Sugar Trade, Tea Trade