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Token - Halfpenny, T.S. Forsaith, Auckland, New Zealand, 1858 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3724

Summary:
Copper Halfpenny Token, minted by W.J. Taylor, London. Issued by T.S. Forsaith, Manchester House, wholesale and retail draper, Auckland, 1858. Born in England on July 18, 1814, Forsaith decided to migrate to New Zealand after working on several vessels, one of which took him to New Zealand. He lived for a time in the Mangawhare region of Auckland, where his house was destroyed by Maoris. During the process of seeking compensation, the government discovered that he was fluent in the Maori language, and he became a 'sub-protector of natives'. He developed extensive connections with Maori people and established a business trading with them, which became the basis for his business Manchester House in Auckland. Forsaith was also a journalist, member of the New Zealand House of Representatives, and a pastor, in both Australia and New Zealand.
Description:
A round copper token (28 mm diameter) featuring the name, address and business of the company that issued the tokens: T.S. Forsaith, Manchester House, Auckland, wholesale and retail draper. 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. Around above, NEW ZEALAND in exergue 1858. This token has been cleaned and varnished.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 7.254 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: drapers
Themes this item is part of: T.S. Forsaith, Merchant & Parliamentarian (1814-?), 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: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: At centre within line circle, MANCHESTER HOUSE AUCKLAND around, T.S. FORSAITH WHOLESALE & RETAIL DRAPER
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. Above, NEW ZEALAND in exergue, 1858
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: T.S. FORSAITH MANCHESTER HOUSE AUCKLAND WHOLESALE & RETAIL DRAPER
Reverse: NEW ZEALAND 1858
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: T Forsaith, Auckland, North 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. 131
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 75
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 316a
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

Comments

Graham Edward Forsaith Posted on 25 Mar 2014 2:03 PM
T S Forsaith is my GGGG Grandfather. He was the Reverend T S Forsaith. He and his wife Elizabeth are buried together in the Rookwood Cemetery in western Sydney. The church he served in is still stands in the city of Parramatta NSW Australia. I have a collection of his Token pennies and half pennies and these are considered scarce to rare depending on the condition. Never clean these or any other coin.

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