Copper one Penny Token, minted by Thomas Stokes in Melbourne. Issued by Hugh Peck, an Estate Agent & Money Lender in Melbourne, circa 1862. Hugh Peck arrived in Victoria in 1852 and established a wholesale hay and corn store in Fitzroy. In 1853 opened a business as 'speculator, auctioneer, and house and land agent' in city. In 1859 he was listed as a Provision Merchant in Collingwood, then as a 'House and estate agent' in 1861. He issued his tokens in 1862.
A round a copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: Hugh Peck, 67 Little Collins Street East, Melbourne, Estate Agent, money lender, Hotel Broker and valuer, rents and debts collector, processes served, levies for rents.
Legend in 10 lines: 67 LITTLE COLLINS STREET EAST / ESTATE AGENT / & MONEY / LENDER / HUGH PECK / HOTEL BROKER / & VALUATOR / ESTABLISHED / 1853 / MELBOURNE
Legend in 9 lines: 67 LITTLE COLLINS STREET EAST / RENTS & DEBTS / COLLECTED / HUGH PECK / PROCESS SERVED / LEVIES FOR RENT / ESTABLISHED / 1853 / MELBOURNE
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
circa 1862 AD
Obverse: HUGH PECK 67 LITTLE COLLINS STREET EAST MELBOURNE ESTATE AGENT & MONEY LENDER HOTEL BROKER & VALUATOR ESTABLISHED 1853 Reverse: HUGH PECK 67 LITTLE COLLINS STREET EAST MELBOURNE RENTS & DEBTS COLLECTED PROCESS SERVED LEVIES FOR RENT ESTABLISHED 1853
Type of item
15.269 g (Weight)
-Gardner, F.. "Trade tokens and the firms who issued them." The Australian Storekeepers and Traders Journal. 31 May 1912: p. 10 ; -PROV internet index of Unassisted Immigrants to Victoria, 1852 - 1923. VPRS 7666; -Sharples, J.. "Catalogue of Victorian Trade Tokens." Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. Vol. 7. December 1993: pp.53 - 54. -Advertisement. The Argus. 26 November 1861: p. 7; -Hope, John, Biography of Hugh Peck. Unpublished MSS. 2005: 1pp. Two die setting are known with this die combination: 12 (this token) and 06 (NU 29347). This suggests that Peck made two orders from Stokes. It has been suggested that the reverse die may have failed during the second order and was replaced to complete it with a Stokes stock Arms reverse (see NU 4226).
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 433
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 203
[Article] Sharples, John P. 1993. A Catalogue of the Trade Tokens of Victoria 1848 to 1862. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. vol.7: p.1-77., V. 121b