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Token - 1 Penny, Collins & Co, Cheap Clothing Bazaar, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, 1864 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11087

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, minted by Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by Collins & Co, Cheap Clothing Bazaar, Bathurst, 1864. Collins & Co appears to have existed only for a short period, their products included: Groceries, Wines, Spirits, & Clothing.
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name and business of the issuer, Collins & Co of Bathurst and an emu and kangaroo facing each other.

The dies for this token were retained by Stokes and were employed in the early Twentieth Century to restrike the original and muled with two other Stoke reverses for collectors.

The obverse die has the letter "C" of COLLINS re-entered and a border of 111 dots. When used for re-striking it had become heavily pitted and was polished so heavily that the inner circle was removed from below the T of CLOTHING to the end of the word BAZAAR.

The reverse die has the emu and kangaroo 2.7 mm apart and a border of 102 dots. When employed for re-striking it had corroded slightly, especially behind the Kangaroo.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.640 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: clothing, retail trade, retailing
Themes this item is part of: Collins & Co., Drapers, Bathurst, New South Wales, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, 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 - New South Wales
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1864 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre within a line circle, COLLINS / & CO. ; around, : CHEAP CLOTHING BAZAAR : BATHURST :
Reverse Description: Emu on left facing kangaroo; above, NEW SOUTH WALES; below, 1864; in tiny letters on either side of date the makers name, T.STOKES MELBOURNE
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: COLLINS & CO. CHEAP CLOTHING BAZAAR : BATHURST :
Reverse: NEW SOUTH WALES 1864 T.STOKES MELBOURNE
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Collins & Co, Cheap Clothing Bazaar, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia, 1864
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1864
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
References: The dies for this token were retained by Stokes and were employed in the early Twentieth Century to restrike the original and muled with two other Stoke reverses for collectors. Late strikes are characterised by corrosion of the dies

The obverse die has the letter "C" of COLLINS re-entered and a border of 111 dots. When used for re-striking it had become heavily pitted and was polished so heavily that the inner circle was removed from below the T of CLOTHING to the end of the word BAZAAR.

The reverse die has the emu and kangaroo 2.7 mm apart and a border of 102 dots. When employed for re-striking it had corroded slightly, especially behind the Kangaroo.
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 72
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 44

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