Copper One Penny Token, minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by J.W.& G. Williams, Ironmongers & Drapers, Eaglehawk, Victoria, circa 1858. John Williams arrived in Melbourne from Yorkshire in 1849. His brother George joined him a year later and the brothers tried their luck in the Bendigo gold fields and ended up establishing a general store in Eaglehawk. They described themselves as 'ironmongers, grocers, drapers, gold office, wine and spirit merchant, and colonial produce merchant.' The brothers worked their store until 1876 when they terminated their partnership. John continued in their original business and George opened another store in the same town.
Previous Collections: Hon. William M.K. Vale
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: J.W. Williams, Eaglehawk, Gold Office, wine, spirit and colonial produce merchants, grocers, ironmongers, and drapers. The reverse die has a small crack between the IC of OFFICE which has been transferred to the token.
J.W.& G. WILLIAMS / GROCERS / IRONMONGERS / & / DRAPERS / EAGLE HAWK border of 134 beads
GOLD OFFICE / WINE, SPIRIT, / COLONIAL / PRODUCE / MERCHANTS / EAGLE HAWK border of 133 beads. There is a small die crack between the IC of OFFICE.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Honourable William M. Vale JP, 15 Mar 1976
circa 1858 AD
Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Andrews, p.101, gives Stokes as the mint but it doesn't appear to match their work. It is more likley to be an English Mint. - J. Sharples, Oct 2004.
Obverse: J. W. & G. WILLIAMS GROCERS IRONMONGERS & DRAPERS EAGLE HAWK Reverse: GOLD OFFICE WINE, SPIRIT, COLONIAL PRODUCE MERCHANTS EAGLE HAWK
Type of item
11.39 g (Weight)
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 638
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 276
[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. 28