1855-74 Sydney Trade Token

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1855-74 Sydney Trade Token

$75.00
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18210
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  • A genuine relic of Australia's colonial past!
  • Surprisingly affordable at just $75!
  • Available in highly collectable F-VF.
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Historic, affordable and very collectable, Downies is delighted to have the opportunity to offer genuine 1855-74 Sydney Trade Tokens!

A shortage of small change was a huge problem across the Australian colonies during the 19th century. Lower denomination coinage was essential for everyday transactions, and with the advent of the Gold Rush, the shortage escalated into a full-blown currency crisis.

However, the crisis was to spark an innovative response. Private businesses issued Trade Tokens to facilitate buying and selling of their merchandise. Unofficial 'coins', the popularity and widespread use of Trade Tokens was such that colonial governments across Australia eventually banned their use. Today, Trade Tokens are sought after as genuine artefacts of the Gold Rush.

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