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Token - 1 Penny, R. Gratten, Thames Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand, 1872 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11169

Bronze One Penny Token, mint unknown. Issued by R. Gratten, Thames Hotel, Auckland, 1872. The Thames Hotel, was run by R. Gratten in 1872. It stood at the corner of Queen and Customs Streets in Auckland. Robinson suggests that the name connects the hotel with the gold fields in New Zealand's South Island, and that fights between patrons at the end of the evening were a common event.
A round bronze token (31 mm diameter) featuring the name and business of the company that issued the tokens: R. Gratten Thames Hotel Auckland. The reverse features a Maori in paddling a dog-headed canoe within a fern wreath and the date 1872. This token has been cleaned.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 32 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 9.425 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: canoes, hotels, maori culture, maoris
Themes this item is part of: Richard Gratten, Hotelier, Thames Hotel, Auckland (1849-1875), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, 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: 1872 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Lehend in three lines: THAMES HOTEL / R. GRATTEN / AUCKLAND
Reverse Description: At centre within a wreath of fern fronds, a Maori paddling left in a canoe. The canoe is decorated with geometric patterns and has a dog head carved prow.
Edge Description: Plain
Reverse: 1872
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Richard Gratten, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, 1872
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 152
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 85
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 321
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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