Copper one Penny Pattern token, minted by W.J. Taylor of London. Issued by Henry J. Hall of Christchurch, New Zealand, circa 1862. Henry Hall was a grocer, wine and spirit merchant and ran a coffee mill. He arranged for two mints to strike tokens, W.J. Taylor in London, characterised by bars above and below the name, and later Stokes in Melbourne. In both cases the mint retained the dies and later employed them to manufacture restrikes of original pieces, new combinations of dies and, in Taylor's case, mules with dies from other token issuers. This piece appears to be a pattern based on the issues for Flavelle Bros.
Previous Collections: Not known - "a Sydney collector"
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name and business of the issuer: Henry J. Hall, Christchurch Coffee Mills together with the denomination, one penny. The reverse features an emu standing facing right looking at Kangaroo seated on tail in grassy field facing left.
Across centre in two lines between elongated diamond shaped bars, ONE / PENNY around above and below, HENRY J. HALL CHRISTCHURCH COFFEE MILLS
An emu standing facing right looking at Kangaroo seated on tail in grassy field facing left, in small letters below exergue line, W.J. TAYLOR LONDON
Purchase from Spink (Australia)
circa 1862 AD
Numismatics Collection, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Sydney, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Not known - "a Sydney collector"
Obverse: HENRY J. HALL CHRISTCHURCH COFFEE MILLS ONE PENNY Reverse: W.J. TAYLOR LONDON
Type of item
34 mm (Outside Diameter), 14.074 g (Weight)
Hall employed two mints to strike his tokens, W.J. Taylor and Stokes. Both firms later meployed the dies to make restrikes and concoctions for collectors. This token is a Taylor strike for details of Stokes products, referred to in the catalogues as 'without bars' see NU 3788. Die identification is the basis of standard references and the museum storage system. This is a Taylor product 'with bars', the dies are: Obverse + to C of CHRIST E to M of MILLS Other B HENRY J. HALL ONE PENNY C 3.0 mm 3.0 mm D 2.0 mm 4.0 mm D2 as D but die deteriorated through rusting - may indicate a later strike E 2.1 mm 5.0 mm F 1.5 mm 4.0 mm Reverse Y to G of GROCER Other 4 2.0 mm
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[Book] Humberstone, Vaughn. 2010. Merchants Making Money.