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1 Penny Watson, W - Ballarat, Victoria; Restrike

1 Penny (Watson, W - Ballarat, Victoria; Restrike) -  obverse1 Penny (Watson, W - Ballarat, Victoria; Restrike) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia - Colonial
Type Token
Year 1918
Value 1 Penny (1/240)
Currency Trade Tokens
Composition Copper
Weight 15.22 g
Diameter 34 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Demonetized 1863
References Gray# 303c
Simon Gray; 2013. A Study of Australasian Trade Tokens : An Illustrated Reference of the Merchants Tokens used in Colonial Australia & New Zealand. Self published, Two Rocks, Perth, Australia. ISBN 9780646910338.

Obverse

Lettering:
TOWN HALL HOTEL
WINE & SPIRIT
W.WATSON&CO.
MERCHANTS
ARMSTRONG ST BALLARAT

Reverse

At centre within a line circle a piece of grape vine with eleven large leaves and two bunches of grapes, below, but still within the line circle the manufacturers name T. STOKES MAKER MEL.; around above, VICTORIA . 1862, around below the Latin IN VINO VERITAS. Border of 116 beads. This is a Stokes stock reverse, used for many trade token issuers. It is numbered in the standard catalogues as: Sharples Vine 3 = Heyde Vine 3 = Andrews 7.

Lettering:
VICTORIA. 1862
STOKES MAKER MEL
IN VINO VERITAS

Comments

Copper One Penny Token, minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Originally issued by W.R. Watson & Co, Town Hall Hotel, Ballarat, Victoria, 1862. This token is a late strike, it was struck circa 1918 for collectors. W.R. Watson is listed as the owner of Town Hall Hotel, Armstrong Street in the 1865 Ballarat Directory. An advertisement in the Ballarat Evening Post, January 1864 read 'Town Hall Hotel, and Wine and Spirit Stores, Armstrong Street. The Cheapest House in Ballarat. Single Bottle Department. Brandy 5s-, Gin 4s, Rum 3s, Whiskey 3s. Per bottle. Every article sold as imported. W.R. Watson and Co. Proprietors'.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (1918)  Gray# 303c; R 9

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Coins Australia - Colonial 1 Penny (Watson, W - Ballarat, Victoria; Restrike)