Summary

Copper One Penny Token minted by Heaton & Sons, Birmingham. Issued by H. Ashton, Haberdashery, Auckland, 1863. Ashton was a haberdasher and tailor and issued halfpenny and penny tokens between 1858 and 1863.

Previous Collections: Hon. William M.K. Vale

Physical Description

A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and buisness that issued the tokens: H. Ashton, Queen St., Auckland Haberdashery, tailor and trimmer. The reverse depicts a female figure representing Justice standing facing left. She 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 among the fruit the letter G. She wears an ancient-style of flowing dress bound at the waist, her left arm is draped to near the elbow while drapery falls from her extended arm to below the horizon line behind; around above, NEW ZEALAND in exergue, 1863. A three-masted sailing ship on horizon at left of token.

Obverse Description

Legend in eight lines: H.ASHTON / IMPORTER / OF / HABERDASHERY / & / TAILORS / TRIMMINGS / QUEEN ST. AUCKLAND

Reverse Description

Justice standing facing left. She 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 among the fruit the letter G. She wears an ancient-style of flowing dress bound at the waist, her left arm is draped to near the elbow while drapery falls from her extended arm to below the horizon line behind; around above, NEW ZEALAND. A three-masted sailing ship on horizon at left of token, in exergue, 1863

Edge Description

Plain

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