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Token - 1 Penny, J.M. Merrington & Co, Invercargill, New Zealand, circa 1860 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11417

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, minted by Heaton & Sons, Birmingham. Issued by J.M. Merrington & Co, Invercargill, circa 1860. J.M. Merrington was a draper and outfitter.
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The piece features the name, address and business of the issuer: J.M. Merrington & Co. drapers and outfitters, Nelson. The reverse seems to be derived from a Heaton stock hub, a female figure representing Justice standing facing left. She wears a blindfold and extends a balanced set of scales with her right hand. With her left she holds an inverted cornucopia from which fruits flow onto the ground. She wears an ancient-style of flowing dress bound at the waist, her left arm is draped to near the elbow while drapery falls from her extended arm to near the horizon line behind; around above, ADVANCE NEW ZEALAND. This token has been cleaned.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 15.147 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: drapers, outfitters, retail trade, retailing, wholesale trade
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Heaton & Sons Mint, Birmingham, England, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, 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: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1860 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in eight lines: J.M. MERRINGTON & Co. / WHOLESALE / & / RETAIL / DRAPERS / & / OUTFITTERS / NELSON
Reverse Description: A female figure representing Justice standing facing left. She wears a blindfold and extends a balanced set of scales with her right hand. With her left she holds an inverted cornucopia from which fruits flow onto the ground. She wears an ancient-style of flowing dress bound at the waist, her left arm is draped to near the elbow while drapery falls from her extended arm to below the horizon line behind; around above, ADVANCE NEW ZEALAND
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: J.M. MERRINGTON & Co. WHOLESALE & RETAIL DRAPERS & OUTFITTERS NELSON
Reverse: ADVANCE NEW ZEALAND
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Merrington, J.M., & Co, Nelson, Nelson Region, South Island, New Zealand, 1855-1875
Mint: Heaton & Sons (Mint), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1855-1875
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 363
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 167
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 333
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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