Copper One Penny Token, minted by an unknown British mint. Issued by H.J. Marsh & Brother, Ironmongers, Hobart, circa 1855. On 26 April 1850 Henry James Marsh opened an ironmongery and paint shop at the corner of Murray and William Streets. It is believed that he entered into a partnership with his brother Samuel Charles Marsh in 1853, but Samuel died the following year. In 1867 the firm was known as H.J. Marsh and Co., and in 1912 the firm was absorbed by Harris and Marsh. H.J. Marsh died on 28 April 1897.

Previous Collections: Henry Smith

Physical Description

A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name and business of the company which issued the tokens: H.J. Marsh & Brother, Murry and Collins St, Hobart Town, Ironmongers. The reverse depicts three agricultural hand tools above a crossed spade and fork together with the promise to pay a shilling for 12 penny tokens at the store.

Obverse Description

Legend in five lines, the first and last curved against the rim beads, H.J. MARSH & BROTHER / IRONMONGERS / MURRY AND / COLLINS ST. / HOBART TOWN

Reverse Description

At centre five agricultural hand tools the spade handle of the crossed spade and fork points to right, around, ONE SHILLING FOR 12 PENNY TOKENS / PAYABLE AT . H.J. MARSH & BROTHER .

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