Australia Victoria South Yarra
Fisher Token Halfpenny 1857 (AD)
Mint: W.J. Taylor, London
Standard References: Andrews 122 = Heyde 70 = Sharples V.200
A round copper token (28 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: Fisher, Marlborough House, Gardeners Creek Road, Draper. The reverse features an emu standing facing right looking at Kangaroo seated on tail in grassy field facing left, around above, AUSTRALIA, in exergue the date, 1857. This token has been cleaned.
At centre in five lines, FISHER / DRAPER / MARLBOROUGH HOUSE / GARDENERS CREEK ROAD
An emu standing facing right looking at Kangaroo seated on tail in grassy field facing left, around above, AUSTRALIA, in exergue the date, 1857
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11/1/1978
Obverse: FISHER DRAPER MARLBOROUGH HOUSE GARDENERS CREEK ROAD Reverse: AUSTRALIA 1857
Type of item
7.455 g (Weight)
Andrews 122 = Heyde 70 = Sharples V.200 "The production of the Fisher tokens is attributed to W.J. Taylor in London on account of the similarity of the reverse type to Taylor's stock penny. In 1857 Stokes acquired the Kangaroo Office press from Reginald Scaife. On assumes that this order for halfpence was passed back to London by Scaife in 1856 at which time he was no longer involved in token manufacture" J. Sharples JNAA.7 p.74.
[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.
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins.