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Token - 1 Penny, H. Ashton, Haberdashery, Auckland, New Zealand, 1863 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11030

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token minted by Heaton & Sons, Birmingham. Issued by H. Ashton, Haberdashery, Auckland, 1863. Ashton was a haberdasher and tailor and issued halfpenny and penny tokens between 1858 and 1863.
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and buisness that issued the tokens: H. Ashton, Queen St., Auckland Haberdashery, tailor and trimmer. The reverse depicts 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 among the fruit the letter G. 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, NEW ZEALAND in exergue, 1863. A three-masted sailing ship on horizon at left of token.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.700 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: haberdashery, import trade, tailors
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: 1863 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in eight lines: H.ASHTON / IMPORTER / OF / HABERDASHERY / & / TAILORS / TRIMMINGS / QUEEN ST. AUCKLAND
Reverse Description: 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 among the fruit the letter G. 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, NEW ZEALAND. A three-masted sailing ship on horizon at left of token, in exergue, 1863
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: H.ASHTON IMPORTER OF HABERDASHERY & TAILORS TRIMMINGS QUEEN ST. AUCKLAND
Reverse: NEW ZEALAND 1863
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: H Ashton - Haberdashery, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, 1863
Mint: Heaton & Sons (Mint), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1863
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
References: The issue of H. Ashton token pennies in 1862 and 1863 required three obverse and two reverse dies. Identification of the obverse dies is by variation in the exact size and relative position of lettering:

Obverse TRIMMINGS TAILORS Other
C 19.3 mm 14.0 mm Cracked from rim 10 to 1st E of HABERDASHERY
D 18.5 mm 13.7 mm letters in TAYLOR 2.0 mm high
E 19.5 mm 15.5 mm letters in TAYLOR 2.5 mm high

The reverse dies are differentiated by their date

Reverse Date
3 1862
4 1863
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 24
  2. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 303e
  3. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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