Copper One Penny Token, minted by Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by the Alliance Tea Co, Christchurch, 1866. The Alliance Tea Company of Christchurch was perhaps 'one of the earliest businesses in Christchurch,' (Canterbury, 1950). The token advertises a wide range of groceries for sale at the store, beyond just tea, including 'Italian Warehouse Fancy Goods...Coffees, Fruits and Spices.'
Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The piece features the name, address and business of the issuer: Alliance Tea Company, Italian Warehouse, opposite the Bank of New Zealand dealers in Fancy Goods, teas, coffees, spices and fruit. This token has been cleaned and varnished.
Legend in seven lines, the first curved around the rim; ALLIANCE TEA COMPANY / OPPOSITE / BANK OF / NEW ZEALAND / ROBERT THOMPSON / MANAGER / 1866
At centre in four lines, ITALIAN / WAREHOUSE / FANCY / GOODS around, TEAS COFFEES FRUITS & SPICES . 1866 .
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Obverse: ALLIANCE TEA COMPANY OPPOSITE THE BANK OF NEW ZEALAND ROBERT THOMPSON MANAGER 1866 Reverse: ITALIAN WAREHOUSE FANCY GOODS TEAS COFFEES FRUITS & SPICES 1866
Type of item
14.359 g (Weight)
Although two obverse and two reverse dies were employed for this issue, only two forms of the token are recorded: A/1 and B/2. Die identification is the basis of standard references and the museum storage system. The dies are: Obverse border line along bases of ZEALAND A denticles to Y B beads between NY Reverse FANCY decorative point on lower back of G from GOODS 1 16.5 mm between TE 2 17.2 mm to T This token was struck with the die combination B/2
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