Australia New South Wales Sydney
Tea Stores Token Halfpenny, 1852 (AD)
Raised bricks, sunken joints type with added perspective on side wall.
Mint: J.C. Thornthwaite
Previous Collections: George McArthur
Standard References: Andrews 428 var. = Heyde 248/2
A round copper token (29 mm diameter). The token design featuring the business and foundation date of the issuer: Tea Stores Steam Coffee Mill. It features a view of teas store and shop; on building at left background in five lines; TEA / STORE / STEAM / COFFEE / MILLS in exergue, ESTABLISHED / 1835 / SYDNEY. The side wall of the building has had a second series of 'bricks' added suggesting perspective - difficult to see due to wear on this example. On the reverse is Britannia seated facing right wearing Corinthian helmet and holding a trident in her left hand, shield with Union Jack resting behind. Above, BRITANNIA; in exergue, 1852 and, in small letters below shield, JCT.
View of teas store and shop; on building at left background in five lines; TEA / STORE / STEAM / COFFEE / MILLS, shopfront bricks raised. The side wall of the building has had a second series of 'bricks' added suggesting perspective. In exergue, ESTABLISHED / 1835 / SYDNEY
Britannia seated facing right wearing Corinthial helmet and holding a trident in her left hand, shield with Union Jack resting behind. Above, BRITANNIA; in exergue, 1852 and, in small letters below shield, JCT
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), George McArthur, 15 Mar 1976
Obverse: TEA STORE STEAM COFFEE MILLS ESTABLISHED 1835 SYDNEY Reverse: BRITANNIA 1852 JCT
Type of item
29 mm (Outside Diameter), 8.465 g (Weight)
Andrews 428 var. = Heyde 248/2
[Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
[Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins.
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.