Copper One Penny Token, minted by Smith & Kemp, Birmingham. Issued by Miller & Dismorr, Drapers & Haberdashers, Melbourne, circa 1858. The closest match found for this business is 'Millar and Dismorr, Drapers etc., 43 Collins Street East' in Butterfield's 1855 Melbourne directory. Miller & Dismorr, were listed at the same address, in 1856.
Previous Collections: Hon. William M.K. Vale
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: Miller & Dismorr, Collins Street, Melbourne, drapers, haberdashers. The reverse states that it is a penny token and names the mint, Smith & Kemp of Birmingham.
Legend in 5 lines (the 1st and last curved); MILLER & DISMORR / DRAPERS / HABERDASHERS &c / COLLINS. ST. ' MELBOURNE
ONE / PENNY / TOKEN; below in small letters the manufacturer's name, SMITH & KEMP.BIRMM
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Honourable William M. Vale JP, 15 Mar 1976
circa 1858 AD
Obverse: MILLER & DISMORR DRAPERS HABERDASHERS &c COLLINS. ST. MELBOURNE Reverse: ONE PENNY TOKEN SMITH & KEMP .BIRMM
Type of item
34 mm (Outside Diameter), 15.977 g (Weight)
This was the only token issue struck for Australia by the Smith & Kemp mint.
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 375
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 176
[Article] Sharples, John P. 1993. A Catalogue of the Trade Tokens of Victoria 1848 to 1862. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. vol.7: p.1-77., V. 115