1 Penny Professor Holloway - London, England

1 Penny (Professor Holloway - London, England) -  obverse1 Penny (Professor Holloway - London, England) -  reverse

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Country Australia - Colonial
Type Token
Years 1857-1858
Value 1 Penny (1/240)
Currency Trade Tokens
Composition Copper
Weight 15.13 g
Diameter 34 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References KM# Tn278,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
R# 260 - 262
Michael T. Pitt, Paul Bickerton, Mike Loy, Simon Gray; 2012. Renniks Australian & New Zealand Tokens Values. Renniks Publications, Banksmeadow, New South Wales, Australia.


The 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.


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

Andrews catalogue number: R#261 = A#665

Rarity: R#260, R#262 - R1 (Most frequently seen), R#261 - R7 (Rare)

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1857  15.13 75% KM#Tn278.1, R#260 (J.MOORE incuse on trucation of neck, J.M. on base, border of dress; 5 varieties exist)
1857  0% KM#Tn278.2, R#261 (J.MOORE raised on truncation of neck, without J.M. on base) Specimen Collector's Strike
1858  25% KM#Tn278.1, R#262 (J.MOORE incuse on trucation of neck, J.M. on base, border of dress; 4 varieties exist)

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