Copper One Penny Token, minted by Heaton & Sons, Birmingham. Issued by T.H. Jones & Co, Ironmongers, Ipswich, Queensland, circa 1858. T.H. (Thomas Hayes) Jones & Co. took out a full page advertisement in Pugh's 1862 Queensland Almanac, describing the business as 'wholesale and retail ironmongers' and giving his address as Union Street, Ipswich. The following year Jones' advertisement notified the public that he had moved to Bell Street.

Physical Description

A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name address and business of the issuer: T.H. Jones & Co. Ipswich Queensland, Ironmongers and General Importers. The reverse features Justice standing blindfolded facing to left extending right arm with balanced scales, inverted cornucopia from which fruit flows held in left (the letter G among the fruit); sailing ship on horizon at left of token. This token has been cleaned and the reverse has re-toned.

Obverse Description

At centre within a line circle, T.H.JONES / & Co. / IPSWICH / QUEENSLAND / AUSTRALIA; around, IRONMONGERS & GENERAL IMPORTERS +

Reverse Description

Justice standing blindfolded facing to left extending right arm with balanced scales, inverted cornucopia from which fruit flows held in left (letter G among the fruit); above, AUSTRALIA; sailing ship on horizon at left of token.

Edge Description


More Information

  • Collection Names

    Royal Melbourne Mint Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978

  • Date Issued

    circa 1858 AD

  • Issued By

    Jones, T.H. & Co. Ironmongers, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, 1850-1867

  • Mint

    Heaton & Sons (Mint), Birmingham, England, Great Britain

  • Previous Collection

    Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch

  • Inscriptions


  • Denomination

    1 Penny

  • Series

    Trade Tokens

  • Material


  • Axis


  • Classification

    Trade tokens, Australia - queensland, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Dimensions

    34 mm (Outside Diameter), 15.291 g (Weight)

  • Shape


  • References

    Heaton and Sons employed three of their stock standing Justice reverse dies to strike the token issue for T.H. Jones & Co. of Ipswich, Queensland. Although the obverse die cracked slightly from the rim to the T of IMPORTERS early in producing the tokens it did not deteriorate to the point where it needed to be replaced. All tokens are struck with the same obverse (Obverse A). Standard references and the Museum storage are arranged by die combinations fornd on the tokens. The three reverse dies can be identified by minor variations in spacing between the start and finish of the word AUSTRALIA and the horizon together with slaght changes in the relative position of the head of Justice in relation to the letters as follows: Die 1st A to Horizon last A to horizon Head 1 6.9 mm 6.5 mm near R 2 6.8 mm 7.9 mm between RA 3 7.5 mm 9.4 mm near A This token was struck with the die combination A/3 and has the obverse die crack to the T of IMPORTERS.
    [Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 307
    [Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 137/3