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Token - 1 Penny, William Pratt, Dunstable House, Christchurch, New Zealand, circa 1864-1872 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4243

Summary:
New Zealand Christchurch
W. Pratt Token Penny, c. 1858
Mint: Uncertain, probably British

Standard References: Andrews 443 = Heyde 212/1 = Lampard 339
Other Details: Pratt was a draper and clothier. This token was struck with the die combination A/1, see References for daetals of die identification. Tokens were demonetised in New Zealand on 25 March 1897.
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: W. Pratt Dunsrable House, Cashel Street Christchurch, importer of linen drapery and clothing. It gives the date of the foundation of the firm, 1854.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.235 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: clothing trade, drapers, import trade, linen
Themes this item is part of: William Pratt, Draper, Christchurch, New Zealand (1823-?), Clothing & Textiles Collection, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1864-1872 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in eight lines, WILLIAM PRATT / DIRECT / IMPORTER / OF / EVERY DESCRIPTION / OF LINEN / DRAPERY / AND / CLOTHING
Reverse Description: Legend in five lines: DUNSTABLE HOUSE / ESTABLISHED / 1854 / CASHEL STREET / CHRISTCHURCH
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: WILLIAM PRATT DIRECT IMPORTER OF EVERY DESCRIPTION OF LINEN DRAPERY AND CLOTHING
Reverse: DUNSTABLE HOUSE ESTABLISHED 1854 CASHEL STREET CHRISTCHURCH
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: William Pratt, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, 1864-1872
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
References: Andrews 443 = Heyde 212/1 = Lampard 339

The Pratt issue of penny tokens required three obverse and three reverse dies for it's production. Identification of the die combination employed to make a particular token is the key to both the standard references and the museum storage system. The dies can be recognised by:

Obverse Y of EVERY 1st I of DESCRIPTION
A over IN over AP
B over IN over A
C over I over AP

Reverse C of CHRISTCHURCH 1st T of STREET T to 1 of date
1 below A above RC 2.4 mm
2 below C above R 2.5 mm
3 below C above R 3.0 mm

The following die combinations have been recorded: A/1 (this token), A/2, B/3, C/3
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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