Copper Halfpenny Token, mint agent, Coard, London, minted by W.J. Taylor, London. Issued by John Andrew & Co, Drapers, Melbourne, 1862. John Andrew was apprenticed to the drapery trade in Glasgow and was later successful in his own drapery business in Scotland. He migrated to Australia in 1853. In 1854 he was listed in a Melbourne directory as the owner of a drapery and outfitting business in Lonsdale Street. In 1856 John married Ann Forbes, also from Wick. John sold his business in 1869 to Christie and Berwick and retired to live privately. In 1877 he was encouraged to stand for election to represent West Melbourne in the Legislative Assembly. He was duly elected and displayed his characteristic enthusiasm and progressive personality. At the end of his term, however, he retreated into retirement once again.
A round copper token (28 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: John Andrew & Co., 11 Lonsdale Street West, Melbourne, drapers. The token features on the reverse a an emu and kangaroo facong each other on a grass covered ground. It bears the date 1862. This token has been cleaned and the reverse re-toned.
Legend in four lines with elongated diamond shaped bars, MELBOURNE / - / JNO. ANDREW & CO / DRAPERS &c. / - / 11 LONSDALE ST. WEST the first and last lines are curved
At centre facing each other, emu r. & kangaroo l. above, VICTORIA; in exergue, COARD LONDON / 1862
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Eugene von Guerard, 15 Mar 1976
Obverse: MELBOURNE JNO ANDREW & CO DRAPERS &c 11 LONSDALE ST. WEST Reverse: VICTORIA COARD LONDON 1862
Type of item
28 mm (Outside Diameter), 8.773 g (Weight)
This was the third issue of trade tokens by this company the others were in 1860.
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 14
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 13
[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. 47