Copper Halfpenny 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 (28 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.

Obverse Description

Within line circle, two roses; around which, . DIE SINKER . / AND / MEDALLIST; around above, J.C.THORNTHWAITE; around below, . BOURNE STREET SURRY HILLS .

Reverse Description

Australian arms; around above, SYDNEY NEW SOUTH WALES; below, 1854 . On ribbon below Arms, ADVANCE AUSTRALIA

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