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Token - 1 Penny, B. Gittos, Leather Merchant, Auckland, New Zealand, 1864 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11162

Copper One Penny Token, minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by B. Gittos, Leather Merchant, Auckland, 1864. Benjamin Gittos, 1808 - 1884, was one of Auckland's earliest settlers. The Gittos family arrived in Auckland in 1840 and made camp near the waterfront before moving to farm near Hokianga. In 1845 the European settlers at Hokianga fled to Auckland following the outbreak of war with Hone Heke. Two years later Gittos started a leather business in the city, expanding to run a tannery at Avondale, on the Wahu river in 1863. At this tannery he initiated the techniques for tanning with the bark of native trees such as the tanekaha and the towhai. Gittos' son William was an important Methodist missionary in northern New Zealand who learnt Maori language and acted as an interpreter and negotiator between Maori and Pakeha (Europeans) in land and other deals.

Standard References: Andrews 149 = Lampard 319 = Heyde 83
A round copper token (28 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and business of the company that issued the tokens: B. Gittos, Wyndham St. Auckland, leather merchant and importer of boots and shoes. This token has been cleaned and the reverse has re-toned dark green.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.722 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: boots, grindery retailers, leather industry, leatherworking, retail trade, retailing, shoes, wholesale trade
Themes this item is part of: Benjamin Gittos, Leather Merchant, Auckland, New Zealand (1808-1884), 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: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1864 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in six lines: B. GITTOS / LEATHER / MERCHANT / IMPORTER OF / BOOTS & SHOES / &c. &c.
Reverse Description: Legend in nine lines: WHOLESALE & RETAIL / LEATHER / & / GRINDERY / STORES / WYNDHAM STREET / AUCKLAND / N.Z. / 1864
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: B Gittos - Leather Merchant, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, 1864
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1864
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 149
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 83
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 319
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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