Copper one Penny Token, minted and issued by J.C. Thornthwaite of New South Wales, in 1854. Thornthwaite was the first person to manufacture tokens and medals in Australia. Migrating to Sydney in 1849, his tokens are noteworthy for the lack of clarity of detail in design because the dies were not cut deep enough and he lacked the tools to produce high quality tokens. Thornthwaite also worked as a medallist, particularly after tokens were made illegal in NSW in 1868.

Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria

Physical Description

A round copper token (34 mm dia) featuring the name and buisness of the issuer, J.C. Thornthwaite, Die Sinker Medallist and an Arms of New South Wales supported by a kangaroo and emu badle struck up. The reverse requires careful examination to see the design.

Obverse Description

Within line circle, two roses; around which, . DIE SINKER . / [AND] / MED[ALLI]ST; around above, J.C.THORNTHWAITE; around below, . BOURNE STREET SURRY HILLS .

Reverse Description

Australian arms; around above, [ADVANCE AUSTRALIA]; below, 1854

Edge Description


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