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Token - 1 Penny, A.S. Wilson, Dunedin, Otago, Otago, New Zealand, 1857 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11654

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, minted by W.J. Taylor, London. Issued by A.S. Wilson, Chemist, Dunedin, 1857. Andrew Smith Wilson established a chemist's business in Dunedin under the name 'Medical Hall' in 1852, having recently arrived from Scotland. In 1863 he sold his business to Messrs. Wilkinson and Dixon. so he could work for worked for Reynolds & Co., Aerated water manufacturers. He is also said to have been one of the first photographers in Dunedin and is credited with having taken the first photograph of the town.
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name and address : A.S. Wilson, Medical Hall, Dunedin, Otago. The reverse features a female figure representing Justice seated on a wool bale with legs to left but her head and upper body to front. A wine barrel lies on the ground behind her and a three-masted sailing ship on the horizon to the 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 bare and right draped to near the elbow. This token has been lightly cleaned.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.551 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: Andrew Smith Wilson, Chemist, Otago, New Zealand (1826-1883), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, United Kingdom, 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: 1857 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in four lines: A.S. WILSON / DUNEDIN / OTAGO / MEDICAL HALL
Reverse Description: A female figure representing Justice seated on a wool bale with legs to left but her head and upper body to front. A wine barrel lies on the ground behind her and a three-masted sailing ship on the horizon to the 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 bare and right draped to near the elbow. Around above, NEW ZEALAND in exergue, 1857
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: A.S. WILSON DUNEDIN OTAGO MEDICAL HALL
Reverse: NEW ZEALAND 1857
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: A Wilson, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand, 1857
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1857
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. 639
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 277
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 347
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

Comments

Sean Pryde Posted on 19 Mar 2013 12:13 PM
Hello I was wondering how many A.S.Wilson trade tokens were made and how many are known to exist today? Cheers :)

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