Copper one Penny mule token was minted by W.J. Taylor of London. It was struck with the die combination B/Seated Justice and O.H. Hedberg.

Hedburg was originally from Sweden but settled in Hobart in 1844 and became involved in the whaling industry. After the decline of the whaling industry in the mid-1850s, he opened a business as a produce merchant and commission agent in Argyle Street, Hobart, it is from this business his tokens were issued.

Hedberg's main issue was quite standard, being a penny and a halfpenny. However it is confused by the existence of a large number of patterns, mules and late strikes. The regular series of issued tokens had no pictorial element. A second group of penny token patterns offered a variety of forms of the seated Australia while the third group, provide a variety of mules in both penny and halfpenny denominations and should be considered late strikes.

Physical Description

A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name, address and business of the issuer: O.H. Hedberg, Argyle St. Hobart Ton (sic), Oil & Colour Store together with a seated figure of Justice from a die designed for use in Melbourne, Victoria. These dies should not have been used together, the obverse die was polished till the O of O.H. was almost removed.

Obverse Description

At centre, O.H. / HEDBERG curved above, OIL & COLOUR STORE curved below, ARGYLE ST. HOBART TON

Reverse Description

Female figure representing Justice seated on a wool bale with legs to left but her head and upper body to front. A wine barrel lies on the ground behind her and a three-masted sailing ship sails to the right on the horizon to the left. She wears a blindfold and extends a balanced set of scales with her right hand. With her left she holds an inverted cornucopia from which fruits flow onto the ground. She wears an ancient-style of flowing dress bound at the waist, her left arm bare and right draped to near the elbow. Around above, MELBOURNE VICTORIA in exergue, 1860

Edge Description


More Information

  • Collection Names

    Alfred Chitty Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Alfred Chitty, 15 Mar 1976

  • Date Issued

    circa 1870 AD

  • Issued By

    O H Hedberg, Hobart, Greater Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1860-1880

  • Mint

    W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1860-1880
    Probably made by Taylor's son who is reported to have experimented with different dies as part of his training. The British Museum received donations of various Taylor patterns etc. for Hedberg in the 1860s & 1870s - hence the suggested Latest Date of 1880. This type, however, was not among those donated to the British Museum.

  • Previous Collection

    Mr Alfred Chitty

  • Inscriptions


  • Denomination

    1 Penny

  • Series

    Trade Tokens

  • Material


  • Axis


  • Classification

    Trade tokens, Australia - tasmania, Mule strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Dimensions

    34 mm (Outside Diameter), 15.386 g (Weight)

  • Shape


  • References

    This mule was struck with Hedberg's Obverse B and the Seated Justice 1860 Melbourne Victoria die manufactured for the issues of A.G. Hodgson (Reverse 2) and John Andrews. The British Museum received donations of various Taylor patterns etc. for Hedberg in the 1860' and 1870s. This type however was not among those donated to the BM. Die identification for the regular series penny Obverse top bar O.H. HEDBERG & C A relationship to H Border beads A 6.0 mm 10.0 mm 21.2 mm 1.0 mm points to top 167 B 6.0 mm 11.0 mm 20.0 mm 1.2 mm points above top 162 C 5.0 mm 10.5 mm 20.4 mm 2.2 mm points to top 167 Reverse PENNY G to * Border Beads 1 14.9 mm 0.5 mm 165 2 16.3 mm 1.2 mm 165
    [Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., no. 199
    [Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., related to no. 36

  • Keywords

    Mule Tokens, Paints, Retail Trade, Retailing