Summary

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.

Physical Description

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

Obverse Description

Legend in five lines: HOBDAY & JOBBERNS / DRAPERS / WATERLOO / HOUSE / CHRISTCHURCH

Reverse Description

Abe Nathan inscribed below two olive branches

Edge Description

Plain

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Alfred Chitty Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Numismatics & Philately, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Alfred Chitty, 15/3/1976

  • Date Issued

    circa 1873 AD

  • Issued By

    Hobday & Jobberns, Waterloo House, Cashel Street, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, circa 1873

  • Mint

    Stokes & Martin, 100 Collins Street East, Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, post 1873

  • Surcharged By

    Abe Nathan, circa 1875

  • Previous Collection

    Mr Alfred Chitty

  • Inscriptions

    Obverse: HOBDAY & JOBBERNS DRAPERS WATERLOO HOUSE CHRISTCHURCH Reverse: Abe Nathan

  • Denomination

    1 Penny

  • Material

    Copper

  • Classification

    Trade tokens, New zealand, Surcharged strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Numismatics

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Dimensions

    10.72 g (Weight)
    The token's reverse has been removed

  • Shape

    round

  • References

    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)
    [Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 253
    [Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 108/2
    [Book] Lampard, William H. 1981. Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes., No. 323a
    [Book] Humberstone, Vaughn. 2010. Merchants Making Money.

  • Keywords

    Love Tokens, Surcharged Tokens