Summary

Copper One Penny Token, minted by Heaton & Sons, Birmingham. Issued by J.M. Merrington & Co, Invercargill, circa 1860. J.M. Merrington was a draper and outfitter.

Physical Description

A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The piece features the name, address and business of the issuer: J.M. Merrington & Co. drapers and outfitters, Nelson. The reverse seems to be derived from a Heaton stock hub, 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. 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 near the horizon line behind; around above, ADVANCE NEW ZEALAND. This token has been cleaned.

Obverse Description

Legend in eight lines: J.M. MERRINGTON & Co. / WHOLESALE / & / RETAIL / DRAPERS / & / OUTFITTERS / NELSON

Reverse Description

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. 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, ADVANCE NEW ZEALAND

Edge Description

Plain

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