Copper Halfpenny Specimen Token, minted by the Kangaroo Office, Melbourne. Issued by Adamson, Watts, McKechnie & Co., Wholesale and Retail Warehousemen, in Melbourne. Adamson joined the existing softgoods business of Watts and McKechnie & Co in April 1855, however the firm became insolvent in September of that year, a common situation as Melbourne's economy slowed considerably, overwhelmed by the massive boom of the early gold rush.
Previous Collections: George McArthur
A round copper token (28 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: Adamson, Watts and McKechnie & Co.; 11 Collins St. East, Melbourne; wholesale and retail warehousemen. The token is a proof striking with lightly toned mirror fields. It bears the date May 1st. 1855.
Around within a border of 129 beads; ADAMSON, WATTS, MCKECHNIE & CO. . in three lines at centre, WHOLESALE / & RETAIL / WAREHOUSMEN
Around within a border of 123 beads; .11 COLLINS ST. EAST . MELBOURNE in two lines at centre, MAY 1ST. / 1855
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), George McArthur, 15 Mar 1976
Obverse: ADAMSON, WATTS, MCKECHNIE & Co WHOLESALE & RETAIL WAREHOUSMEN Reverse: 11 COLLINS ST. EAST MAY 1ST. 1855 MELBOURNE
Type of item
28 mm (Outside Diameter), 8.238 g (Weight)
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