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Token - 1 Penny, Hugh Peck, Estate Agent & Money Lender, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11517

Summary:
Copper one Penny Token, minted by Thomas Stokes in Melbourne. Issued by Hugh Peck, an Estate Agent & Money Lender in Melbourne, circa 1862. Hugh Peck arrived in Victoria in 1852 and established a wholesale hay and corn store in Fitzroy. In 1853 opened a business as 'speculator, auctioneer, and house and land agent' in city. In 1859 he was listed as a Provision Merchant in Collingwood, then as a 'House and estate agent' in 1861. He issued his tokens in 1862.
Description:
A round a copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: Hugh Peck, 67 Little Collins Street East, Melbourne, Estate Agent, money lender, Hotel Broker and valuer, the reverse features a Stokes stock Arms type. This token has been cleaned and the reverse has re-toned.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.156 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: debt collection, estate agents, hotels
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, Hugh Peck, Shop Keeper & Money Lender, Melbourne, Victoria (circa 1824-1904), Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1862 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in 10 lines: 67 LITTLE COLLINS STREET EAST / ESTATE AGENT / & MONEY / LENDER / HUGH PECK / HOTEL BROKER / & VALUATOR / ESTABLISHED / 1853 / MELBOURNE
Reverse Description: Coat of arms consisting of a central shield set on grass covered ground and below Rising Sun. On left a kangaroo seated facing out but head back towards sun (sejant sinister reguardant) and on right emu with similar stance (passant dexter reguardant). Below ground line and set on bouquet of rose, thistles and shamrock, a ribbon with the motto ADVANCE VICTORIA. The shield is quartered by a cross with a star at the centre and at the end of each arm. The cross is not shaded. The quarters contain: top left, a three-masted sailing ship; top right, a golden fleece; bottom left, an anchor; and bottom right, a wheat sheaf. Around above, VICTORIA . 1862 around below in two lines, T. STOKES MAKER / 100 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE. The neck of the emu is poorly engraved with additional line to the left, the T of EAST is below the letters AK of MAKER. The standard references for this die are: Andrews 13 = Heyde Arms 5 = Sharples Arms 6.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: HUGH PECK 67 LITTLE COLLINS STREET EAST MELBOURNE ESTATE AGENT & MONEY LENDER HOTEL BROKER & VALUATOR ESTABLISHED 1853
Reverse: VICTORIA 1862 ADVANCE VICTORIA T. STOKES MAKER 100 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Hugh Peck, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
References: Two die setting are known with this die combination: 12 (NU 4223) and 06 (NU 29347). This suggests that Peck made two orders from Stokes. It has been suggested that the reverse die may have failed during the second order and was replaced to complete it with a Stokes stock Arms reverse (this token).
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 434
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 204
  3. [Article] Sharples, John P. 1993. A Catalogue of the Trade Tokens of Victoria 1848 to 1862. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. vol.7: p.1-77., V. 122

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