½ Penny Professor Holloway - London, England
|Country||Australia - Colonial|
|Value||1/2 Penny (1/480)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
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 .
Bust of Thomas Holloway facing left, with J.MOORE (the maker's name) on neck truncation.
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.
HOLLOWAY'S PILLS AND OINTMENT.
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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|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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