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.
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. This token is uncirculated and lightly toned.
At the centre within a beaded circle a circular scroll work, around within beared rim, J.G. FLEMING GROCER & TEA DEALER
At centre within a beaded circle, a sugar loaf inscribed with the letter F; around, . SUGAR LOAF . HOBART TOWN 1874
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Alfred Chitty, 15/3/1976
Obverse: J.G. FLEMING GROCER & TEA DEALER Reverse: SUGAR LOAF HOBART TOWN 1874 F
Type of item
9.18 g (Weight)
Tasmanian Pioneer's Database, [Link 1] Andrews, A., Australasian Tokens and Coins, p.43 Advertisement, Walch's Tasmanian Almanac and Guide to Tasmania for 1863, advertisements p.80 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 B/2
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 73/1
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 128
[Book] McNeice, Roger. Coins and Tokens of Tasmania 1803-1910., p. 74 Pages