Copper one Penny Surcharged Token, minted by Stokes & Martin. Issued by Hobday & Jobberns, drapers, in Christchurch, New Zealand. Surcharged on the reverse Abe Nathan inscribed below two olive branches.
Hobday & Jobberns was a drapery business in Christchurch, New Zealand. Little is know about the firm other than its fiery end. Just before two o'clock in the afternoon of October 1888, after a fire broke out in a pressing room. It destroyed the building but all the staff escaped unharmed.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The piece features the name, address and business of the issuer: Hobday & Jobberns, Waterloo House, Christchurch, Drapers. The reverse features has been removed and Abe Nathan inscribed below two olive branches
Legend in five lines: HOBDAY & JOBBERNS / DRAPERS / WATERLOO / HOUSE / CHRISTCHURCH
Abe Nathan inscribed below two olive branches
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Alfred Chitty, 15/3/1976
circa 1873 AD
Obverse: HOBDAY & JOBBERNS DRAPERS WATERLOO HOUSE CHRISTCHURCH Reverse: Abe Nathan
Type of item
10.72 g (Weight)
The token's reverse has been removed
Hobday and Jobberns employed Stokes & Martin of Melbourne to strike their penny tokens. Two obverse and two reverse dies were employed in the work. Die identification is the basis of standard references and the museum storage system and is straightforward. Obverse H of HOBBERNS to C of CHRISTCHURCH H of HOUSE A 7.0 mm below and slightly to right of A B 5.0 mm directly below A Reverse Makers name 1 STOKES & MARTIN around rim 05 to 07 (sometimes weak) 2 no makers name The following die combinations have been recorded: A/1, B/2 (this token BUT WITH REVERSE REMOVED)
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