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Token - 1 Penny, Jones & Williamson, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, 1858 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4005

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, minted by W.J. Taylor, London. Issued by Jones & Williamson, Dunedin, 1858. James Jones and Alexander Williamson described their firm as Wholesale and Retail Grocers, Wine, Spirit, and Provision Merchants. They are thought to have traded together from about 1858 to 1864. After 1865 Williamson continued to trade under both their names, although he was listed as sole proprietor. While little is known about Jones, it is known that Williamson was from Selkirk, Scotland, and arrived in New Zealand in 1852.
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: Jones & Williamson, wholesale and retail grocers, wine, spirit and provision merchants, 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 to the right 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. This token has been cleaned.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 15.554 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: grocers, wine spirit merchants
Themes this item is part of: Jones & Williamson, Wholesalers & Retail Grocers, Dunedin, New Zealand, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, United Kingdom, Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1858 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in nine lines; JONES & WILLIAMSON / WHOLESALE / & / RETAIL / GROCERS, / WINE, SPIRIT / & PROVISION / MERCHANTS / DUNEDIN
Reverse Description: 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 to the right 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, NEW ZEALAND in exergue, 1858.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: JONES & WILLIAMSON WHOLESALE & RETAIL GROCERS, WINE, SPIRIT & PROVISION MERCHANTS DUNEDIN
Reverse: NEW ZEALAND 1858
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Jones & Williamson, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand, 1858
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1858
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 308
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 138
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 326
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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