½ Penny Professor Holloway - London, England

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

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Issuer Australia - Colonial
Type Token
Years 1857-1858
Value ½ Penny (1⁄480)
Currency Trade Tokens
Composition Copper
Diameter 28 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 18016
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# Tn277,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 5 more volumes.
R# 263 - 265
Michael T. Pitt, Paul Bickerton, Mike Loy, Simon Gray; 2012. Renniks Australian & New Zealand Tokens Values. Renniks Publications, Banksmeadow, New South Wales, Australia.


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

Script: Latin


Engraver: Joseph Moore


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.

Script: Latin


Engraver: Joseph Moore




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  52% 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  45% KM#Tn277.1, R#265 (J.MOORE incuse on trucation of neck, J.M. on base, border of dress)

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Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Penny (Professor Holloway - London, England)
Auction 57
Lot 341
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Mar 19, 2022 Undetermined XF USD 22.94
(EUR 22.00)
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