New Zealand Auckland
United Service Hotel Token Penny 1874 (AD)
Mint: Uncertain British
Standard References: Andrews 591 = Heyde 257 = Lampard 344
Other Details: This token was struck with the die combination B/1, see References for details of die identification. Tokens were demonetised in New Zealand on March 25, 1897.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: United Service Hotel, corner of Queen and William Streets, Auckland. The reverse features a profile head of Queen Victoria and the date 1874. This token has been cleaned.
At centre within a line circle, UNITED SERVICE / HOTEL around above, CORNER QUEEN & WELLESLEY STREETS around below, AUCKLAND N.Z. The words UNITED SERVICE are curved around above the word HOTEL.
Head of young Queen Victoria facing left; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1874
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11/1/1978
Obverse: UNITED SERVICE HOTEL CORNER QUEEN & WELLESLEY STREETS AUCKLAND N.Z. Reverse: VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1874
Type of item
16.595 g (Weight)
Andrews 591 = Heyde 257/2 = Lampard 344a The United Service Hotel issue of penny tokens required two obverse and one reverse dies for it's production. Identification of the die combination employed to make a particular token is the key to both the standard references and the museum storage system. The dies can be recognised by: Obverse UNITED SERVICE A in straight line 21.5 mm long B in curved line 20.0 mm long The following die combinations have been recorded: A/1, B/1 (this token)
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[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.
[Book] Lampard, William H. 1981. Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes.
[Book] Humberstone, Vaughn. 2010. Merchants Making Money.