Copper One Penny Token, minted by W.J. Taylor, London. Issued by Larcombe & Co, Furnishing Drapers & Taylors, Brisbane, circa 1860.
Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
A round copper token (33 mm diameter). The token features the name address and business of the issuer: Larcombe & Compy., Brisbane, Furnishing, Drapers, Tailors etc. and is muled with a cracked die normally associated with the firm Stewart and Hemmant - an emu standing facing right.
At centre, _._ / LARCOMBE / & / COMPY _._; around, .+. BRISBANE DRAPERS TAYLORS &c.
At centre an emu standing facing right; around, . CRITERION . BRISBANE & ROCKHAMPTON; in tiny letters below the emu, W.J.TAYLOR LONDON (cracked die)
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
circa 1860 AD
Obverse: LARCOMBE & COMPY BRISBANE DRAPERS TAYLORS &c. Reverse: CRITERION BRISBANE & ROCKHAMPTON W.J. TAYLOR LONDON
Type of item
34 mm (Outside Diameter), 13.935 g (Weight)
This is an interesting piece. W.J Taylor is well known for late strikes for collectors from combinations of old dies but in this case the obverse shows no sign of being worn or rusted. Its weight is correct for the original issue by the firm (not normal with re-strikes). Perhaps it represents a trial of the Larcombe & Company die to be approved by the London firm representing Larcombe for the token production.
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 314
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., R. 47