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Token - 1 Penny, Perkins & Co, Drapers, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, circa 1865 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11519

Summary:
Bronze One Penny Token minted by W.J. Taylor, London. Issued by Perkins & Co, Drapers, Dunedin, Otago, circa 1865. Perkins & Co. are known to have operated a Drapery business in Princes Street North, Dunedin, from 1863 through to 1866. The principal of the company seems to have been a W. Perkins, and it appears that there were two men with this initial who were associated with the store. It apperas that Perkins went out of business in 1867.
Description:
A round bronze token (31 mm diameter) giving the name address and, before defacement, business of the issuer: Perkins & Co., drapers, Dunedin. 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 sails away 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. The word DRAPERS on the obverse has been removedby a series of knocks.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 9.405 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: grocers
Themes this item is part of: Perkins & Co., Drapers, New Zealand, 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: circa 1865 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in three lines: PERKINS & Co / [DRAPERS] / DUNEDIN the word DRAPERS has been deliberately defaced
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 sails away 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, DUNEDIN NEW ZEALAND
Edge Description: PLain
Inscriptions: Obverse: PERKINS & Co [DRAPERS] DUNEDIN
Reverse; DUNEDIN NEW ZEALAND
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Perkins & Co. Drapers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand, 1860-1880
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1860-1880
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. 435
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 205
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 337
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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