Copper Halfpenny token, minted by W.J. Taylor of London, circa 1855. Commissioned by Lipman Levy of Wellington, New Zealand. Born in London, Levy moved to Wellington in 1842 and opened a business importing and manufacturing shoes and grindery (tools for shoemakers and leatherworkers). Levy issued four varieties of tokens, three pennies and one halfpenny, which were issued between 1857 (when the first tokens were issued in New Zealand) and his death in 1880. The dies used to strike Levy's tokens remained in London and were used about 1880 to make mules, such as this one, with other token dies by W.J. Taylor.
Previous Collections: Henry Smith
A round copper token (28 mm diameter). The piece features the name, address and business of the issuer: Lipman Levy, Lambton Quay, Wellington, importers and manufacturers of boots and shoes.
Legend in seven lines, the first and last curved around the rim; LIPMAN LEVY / IMPORTER / AND / MANUFACTURER / OF BOOTS / & SHOES / WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
At centre in six lines, LEATHER / & GRINDERY / OF ALL / DESCRIPTION / THE TRADE / SUPPLIED around, ONE PENNY TOKEN . PAYABLE AT L. LEVY'S LAMBTON QUAY .
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Robert (Bob) Edwards, 1989
circa 1855 AD
Obverse: LIPMAN LEVY IMPORTER AND MANUFACTURER OF BOOTS * SHOES WELLINGTON NEW ZEALAND Reverse: LEATHER & GRINDERY OF ALL DESCRIPTION THE TRADE SUPPLIED ONE PENNY TOKEN PAYABLE AT L. LEVY'S LAMBTON QUAY
Type of item
28 mm (Outside Diameter), 8.22 g (Weight)
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