Copper One Penny Token, mint unknown. Issued by Joseph Brickhill, Draper & General Importer, Campbell Town, Tasmania, 1856. Joseph Brickhill was born in 1800. In 1836 he purchased a town allotment in Campbell Town and built a large retail store. In his store he kept a large Airedale hound, to scare would-be burglars. One night the dog turned on him and he never fully recovered from the injuries sustained, he died in 1865 aged 65. Brickhill was connected with many business ventures and was a devout Methodist.
Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
A circular copper token (34 mm diameter) with the name, address and business of the issuer: Joseph Brickhill, Commercial House, Campbell Town, draper and general importer. The token has no pictorial element but also provides the denomination and date.
Legend in six lines, the first and last curved around inside the beaded rim: . JOSEPH BRICKHILL . / DRAPER / AND / GENERAL / IMPORTER / CAMPBELL TOWN
Legend in five lines, the first and last curved around inside the beaded rim: . ONE PENNY TOKEN . / ADVANCE / TASMANIA / 1856 / COMMERCIAL HOUSE
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Obverse: JOSEPH BRICKHILL DRAPER AND GENERAL IMPORTER CAMPBELL TOWN Reverse: ONE PENNY TOKEN ADVANCE TASMANIA 1856 COMMERCIAL HOUSE
Type of item
34 mm (Outside Diameter), 15.571 g (Weight)
McNeice, R., Coins and Tokens of Tasmania, 1803 - 1910, pp. 71-72; Andrews, A., Australasian Tokens and Coins, p. 32; 1856 Campbell Town Juror's List, transcribed by Alicia Herbert [Link 1] ; Petterwood, G., 'Tasmanian Tradesman's Tokens', in Tasmanian Numismatist, Internet Edition, Vol. 6, Issue 11, November 2001 [Link 2] Advertisement, Hobart Mercury, 8 July 1854, p. 4.
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 45
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 27