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Crombie Clapperton & Findlay Token Halfpenny c.1854 (AD)
Mint: Reginald Scaife, Kangaroo Office
Standard References: Andrew - = Heyde R.18 = Sharples V.55
A round copper token (28 mm diameter) giving the name and address of the issuer: Crombie Clapperton and Findlay, 41 West Lonsdale Street The token features on the reverse a female figure, representing Australia, seated on a rock set in the ocean. She extends an olive branch with her right hand and rests a staff against her left forearm.
At centre, 41 / WEST / LONSDALE / STREET around, CROMBIE CLAPPERTON & FINDLAY -*-. Border of 157 beads.
At centre a female figure, representing Australia, seated on a rock set in the ocean. She extends an olive branch with her right hand and rests a staff against her left forearm. Around above, AUSTRALIA
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Curtis, 15 Mar 1976
circa 1854 AD
Obverse: CROMBIE CLAPPERTON & FINDLAY 41 WEST LONSDALE STREET Reverse: AUSTRALIA
Type of item
28 mm (Outside Diameter), 7.458 g (Weight)
Andrew - = Heyde R.18 = Sharples V.55 Museum Victoria holds three of the stock seated Australia dies from the Kangaroo Office but deterioration of the dies makes it impossible to judge if one was used to strike this token.of this reverse. The date of issue of these tokens is derived from the time the press was available to strike them - late 1854 and the failure of the partnership, 1856.
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.
[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.