Summary

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.

Physical Description

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.

Obverse Description

Legend in 10 lines: 67 LITTLE COLLINS STREET EAST / ESTATE AGENT / & MONEY / LENDER / HUGH PECK / HOTEL BROKER / & VALUATOR / ESTABLISHED / 1853 / MELBOURNE

Reverse Description

Legend in 9 lines: 67 LITTLE COLLINS STREET EAST / RENTS & DEBTS / COLLECTED / HUGH PECK / PROCESS SERVED / LEVIES FOR RENT / ESTABLISHED / 1853 / MELBOURNE

Edge Description

Plain

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976

  • Date Issued

    circa 1862 AD

  • Issued By

    Hugh Peck, Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1862

  • Mint

    Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1862

  • Previous Collection

    Eugene von Guerard, pre 1880

  • Inscriptions

    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

  • Denomination

    1 Penny

  • Series

    Trade Tokens

  • Material

    Copper

  • Axis

    12

  • Classification

    Trade tokens, Australia - victoria, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Numismatics

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Dimensions

    15.269 g (Weight)

  • Shape

    Round

  • References

    -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

  • Keywords

    Debt Collection, Estate Agents, Hotels