Copper one Penny Token, minted by Stokes of Melbourne. Issued by Henry J. Hall, 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, and Stokes in Melbourne. Hall issued nineteen penny token varieties, and three halfpennies. They were very simply designed, with text and no graphic elements.
Previous Collections: George McArthur
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name and business of the issuer: H.J. Hall, Christchurch coffee mills, family grocer, wine and spirit merchant. It is an original strike.
Across centre, H.J. HALL around above and below, CHRISTCHURCH COFFEE MILLS the stops after H and J are square.
Across centre, H.J. HALL around above and below, FAMILY GROCER : WINE & SPIRIT MERCHANT :
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 11 Jan 1978
circa 1862 AD
Obverse: H.J. HALL CHRISTCHURCH COFFEE MILLS Reverse: H.J. HALL FAMILY GROCER WINE & SPIRIT MERCHANT
Type of item
34 mm (Outside Diameter), 14.289 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 Stokes late strike for details of Taylor's products, referred to in the catalogues as 'with bars' see NU 3781. Die identification is the basis of standard references and the museum storage system. This is a Stokes product 'without bars' the dies are: Obverse H.J. HALL Stops after H.J. G 26.1 mm round H 23.2 mm square Reverse H.J. HALL Stops after H.J. Other 7 23.0 mm round J tilted left L of HALL above middle of N 8 23.8 mm round 9 23.0 mm round J upright L of HALL to bottom on N 10 22.0 mm round 11 22.0 mm square
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