Copper One Penny Token, minted by Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by Collins & Co, Cheap Clothing Bazaar, Bathurst, 1864. Collins & Co appears to have existed only for a short period, their products included: Groceries, Wines, Spirits, & Clothing.

Physical Description

A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name and business of the issuer, Collins & Co of Bathurst and an emu and kangaroo facing each other. The dies for this token were retained by Stokes and were employed in the early Twentieth Century to restrike the original and muled with two other Stoke reverses for collectors. The obverse die has the letter "C" of COLLINS re-entered and a border of 111 dots. When used for re-striking it had become heavily pitted and was polished so heavily that the inner circle was removed from below the T of CLOTHING to the end of the word BAZAAR. The reverse die has the emu and kangaroo 2.7 mm apart and a border of 102 dots. When employed for re-striking it had corroded slightly, especially behind the Kangaroo.

Obverse Description

At centre within a line circle, COLLINS / & CO. ; around, : CHEAP CLOTHING BAZAAR : BATHURST :

Reverse Description

Emu on left facing kangaroo; above, NEW SOUTH WALES; below, 1864; in tiny letters on either side of date the makers name, T.STOKES MELBOURNE

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