HIDE & DE CARLE
Copper penny token for Hide & De Carle, grocers & wine merchants, Melbourne, 1858.
Melbourne : Hide & De Carle, 1858. Æ penny, diameter 34 mm, weight 14.8 grams. Obverse: At centre within two concentric rings of text devided by a beaded circle, a male lion standing to left with head crowned facing front, its right paw is raised and rests on a shield bearing the Union Jack, its tail curved back over its body. Around, . HIDE & DE CARLE. GROCERS & WINE MERCHANTS / . ELIZABETH STREET . MELBOURNE; Reverse: Female figure representing Justice seated on a wool bale with legs to left but her head and upper body to front. A wine barrel lies on the ground behind her, its end decorated with a cross to hint at a Union Jack (as found beside Britannia on the copper coins of the period). A three-masted sailing ship sails to the right on the horizon to the left. Justice wears a blindfold and extends a balanced set of scales with her right hand. With her left she holds an inverted cornucopia from which fruits flow onto the ground. She wears an ancient-style of flowing dress bound at the waist, her left arm bare and right draped to near the elbow. Around above; MELBOURNE, VICTORIA. in exergue; 1858; a fair example darkened from handling with lustrous highlights.
‘Thomas Hide and Edward De Carle formed a partnership in 1857. They had both been running their own businesses in Melbourne for several years beforehand. They founded a Grocery, Wine and Spirit merchant’s business on Elizabeth Street, which lasted until 1861. Their business also included a land and estate agency. Hide and De Carle issued a total of 16 types of penny and half penny tokens, eight in 1857 and eight in 1858. All the tokens were struck by Heaton and Sons of Birmingham.’ (Museums Victoria)
Andrews, Arthur. Australasian Tokens and Coins (1921), 236.
Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand (1967), 106.