Charles Harrold & Co. Token c. 1855 (AD)
Mint: Unknown British
A round copper token (28 mm diameter). The token features the name address and buisness of the issuer: Charles Harrold & Co. St. Pauls Square, Birmingham; and the statement "Refined Australian copper for alloying gold".
CHARLES HARROLD & Co / -+- / ST PAULS SQ / -+- / * BIRMINGHAM *
At centre, FOR / ALLOYING / GOLD; around, + REFINED AUSTRALIAN COPPER
Purchase from Max Stern & Co. Ltd, 11 1976
circa 1855 AD
Obverse: CHARLES HARROLD & Co ST PAULS SQ BIRMINGHAM Reverse: FOR ALLOYING GOLD REFINED AUSTRALIAN COPPER
Type of item
17.563 g (Weight)
This seems too heavy for a halfpenny but the diameter is too small for a penny.
None found. Some of these are believed to have circulated in Australia but no evidence for this has been found. The two examples in MV collection have very different weights - 17.563 for this and 12.257 for NU 27486 so too the related Joseph Lane pieces: 12.477 for NU11686 and 10.053 for NU4600. This is uncharacteristic of token weight standards. - John Sharples