Summary

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.

Previous Collections: George McArthur

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

Edge Description

Plain

More Information

  • Collection Names

    McArthur Bequest

  • Collecting Areas

    Clothing & Textiles, Numismatics & Philately, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information

    Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), George McArthur, 15/3/1976

  • Date Issued

    1864 AD

  • Issued By

    Collins & Co, Cheap Clothing Bazaar, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, 1864

  • Mint

    Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1864

  • Previous Collection

    George McArthur

  • Inscriptions

    Obverse: COLLINS & CO. CHEAP CLOTHING BAZAAR : BATHURST : Reverse: NEW SOUTH WALES 1864 T.STOKES MELBOURNE

  • Denomination

    1 Penny

  • Series

    Trade Tokens

  • Material

    Copper

  • Axis

    12

  • Classification

    Trade tokens, Australia - new south wales, Working strikes

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline

    Numismatics

  • Type of item

    Object

  • Dimensions

    15.39 g (Weight)

  • Shape

    Round

  • References

    Wilson, E.G., The Directory of the town of Bathurst, New South Wales for the year 1862 : containing a street, commercial, professional and miscellaneous directory ; also an almanac, diary and a sketch map of the town; Advertisement, The Bathurst Times, 10 August 1867, p1; Samson's National Directory of New South Wales for 1867-1868. 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. Late strikes are characterised by corrosion of the dies. 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.
    [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
    [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
    [Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins., No. 72
    [Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand., No. 44

  • Keywords

    Clothing, Retail Trade, Retailing