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Token - 1 Penny, Morris Marks, Auckland, New Zealand, circa 1880 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4063

Summary:
Brass One Penny Token, minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by Morris Marks, Auckland, circa 1880. Morris Marks ran a pawnbroking and general store business in Auckland. Marks' tokens were made of brass rather than copper, and were smaller than a standard penny. As a result, they were not popular with the public. Part of the basis for the acceptability of trade tokens was the fact that they were made from copper, and so had value regardless of their utility as instruments of exchange. Marks issued his tokens circa 1880, making him one of the last of the Australasian token-issuers.
Description:
A round brass token (31 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and business of the firm that issued it: Morris Marks, corner Queen St and Wellington St., Auckland, Pawnbroker and salesman. The reverse features the three balls of a pawnbroker.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 8.406 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: pawnbrokers, retail trade, retailing
Themes this item is part of: Morris Marks, Pawnbroker & Salesman, Auckland, New Zealand, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1880 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend inseven lines MORRIS MARKS / PAWNBROKER / AND / SALESMAN / CORNER OF QUEEN ST. / WELLINGTON ST. / AUCKLAND
Reverse Description: Three circles representing the characteristic three balls of a pawnbroker.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: MORRIS MARKS PAWNBROKER AND SALESMAN CORNER OF QUEEN ST. WELLINGTON ST. AUCKLAND
Shape: Round
Material: Brass
Issued By: Morris Marks, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, 1860-1897
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1860-1897
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 341
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 156
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 329
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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