Steel One Penny Token Die, made by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne, 1862. For tokens issued by Issued by Evans & Foster, Booksellers & Stationers, Melbourne. Hugh C. Evans, aged 47, arrived in Melbourne on board the King Fisher in July 1857. By 1858, Evans had established himself as a 'publisher and bookseller' at 94 Bourke Street East. He ran the business without a partner from this address until 1861. In 1859, 1860 and 1861 he placed advertisements in Melbourne Directories, drawing readers' attention to his 'Cheap book and stationery warehouse.' His services included bookbinding, engraving, copperplate printing, a circulating library and a range of cheap sheet music. In 1861 Evans moved his business to 78 Bourke Street East and made Oswald Foster a partner in the new business. In the Sands and McDougall directory for 1862 they described themselves as 'Booksellers, Stationers and Circulating Library.' The business was not listed after 1867. This die was produced by Stokes and used to strike trade tokens in 1862 and circa 1920 to produce collector pieces..

Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria

Physical Description

A steel die 55 mm high with a base diameter of 54 mm and a working surface diameter of 34 mm. The die features the name address and business of the firm which commissioned it: Evans & Foster, 78 Bourke St. East, Melbourne, Bookseller and Stationers. It has suffered a rim chip around 09 to the tops of the letters BOOK.

Obverse Description

At centre in five lines, EVANS / & / FOSTER / 78 / BOURKE ST. / EAST around, BOOKSELLERS & STATIONERS : MELBOURNE : border of beads. There is a die chip along the tops of the letters BOOK.

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