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½ Penny Professor Holloway - London, England

½ Penny (Professor Holloway - London, England) -  obverse½ Penny (Professor Holloway - London, England) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia - Colonial
Type Token
Years 1857-1858
Value 1/2 Penny (1/480)
Currency Trade Tokens
Composition Copper
Diameter 28 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References KM# Tn277,
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
R# 263 - 265
Michael T Pitt, Paul Bickerton, Mike Loy, Simon Gra; 2012. Renniks Australian & New Zealand Tokens Values. Renniks Publications, Banksmeadow, New South Wales, Australia. ISBN 9780980524895 .

Obverse

Bust of Thomas Holloway facing left, with J.MOORE (the maker's name) on neck truncation.

Lettering:
PROFESSOR HOLLOWAY
LONDON

Engraver: Joseph Moore

Reverse

Hygeia (the ancient Greek goddess of health) seated between two pedestals and facing right, with her right foot resting on a stool. The pedestal on the left is surmounted by an orb and that on the right by a flame. A snake is climbing up this pedestal and drinking out of a cup held in Hygeia's left hand. J.M. (the maker's initials) on the base at the right.

Lettering:
HOLLOWAY'S PILLS AND OINTMENT.
1857

Engraver: Joseph Moore

Edge

Plain

Comments

Thomas "Professor" Holloway was a colorful advertising genius and purveyor of pills and ointments in 19th century Europe. (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Holloway)

Copper penny and halfpenny tokens were Issued to promote Professor Holloway's pills and ointments. Holloway tokens are presumed to have been circulated worldwide throughout retailers of Holloway products.
These tokens were produced in large numbers. They were used as currency in London, though the majority were sent to Australia where they are regarded as having formed part of the early currency of the colony.
Mint: Joseph Moore, London, 1857-1858

Rarity: R#263 - R1 (Most frequently seen), R#264 - R7 (Rare), R#265 - R2 (Very frequently seen)

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1857  50% KM#Tn277.1, R#263 (J.MOORE incuse on trucation of neck, J.M. on base, border of dress)
1857  6% KM#Tn277.2, R#264 (J.MOORE raised on truncation of neck, without J.M. on base) Specimen Collector's Strike
1858  44% KM#Tn277.1, R#265 (J.MOORE incuse on trucation of neck, J.M. on base, border of dress)

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