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Token - 1 Penny, Hobday & Jobberns, Christchurch, New Zealand, circa 1873 Reg. No: NU 3906
- Copper one Penny Token, minted by Stokes & Martin, circa 1873. Issued by Hobday & Jobberns, in Christchurch, New Zealand, circa 1873.
Hobday & Jobberns was a drapery business in Christchurch, New Zealand. Little is know about the firm other than its fiery end. Just before two o'clock in the afternoon of October 1888, a fire broke out in a pressing room. It destroyed the building but all the staff escaped unharmed.
- A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The piece features the name, address and business of the issuer: Hobday & Jobberns, Waterloo House, Christchurch, Drapers. The reverse features a shield set above a ribbon with the motto ADVANCE CANTERBURY. The top third of the shield depicts a railway line emerging from a tunnel (damage to the tunnel opening on the die has led some to add varieties, rejected here). Below are argicultural symbols - a wheat sheaf, horse head, cow head and plough. The makers name, STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE, in tiny letters around the rim from 07 to 05. This token shows die damage around the tunnel mouth making it appear wider.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||34 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||14.075 g (Weight)|
|Tagged with:||agriculture, drapers, rail transport, railways, retail trade, retailing|
|Themes this item is part of:||Hobday & Jobberns, Drapers, Christchurch, New Zealand, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Alfred Chitty Collection|
|Primary Classification:||TRADE TOKENS|
|Secondary Classification:||New Zealand|
|Tertiary Classification:||working strikes|
|DateEra:||circa 1873 AD|
|Obverse Description:||Legend in five lines: HOBDAY & JOBBERNS / DRAPERS / WATERLOO / HOUSE / CHRISTCHURCH|
|Reverse Description:||A flat topped shield set above a ribbon with the motto ADVANCE CANTERBURY. The top third of the shield depicts a railway line emerging from a tunnel (damage to the tunnel opening on the die has led some to add varieties, rejected here). Below are argicultural symbols - a wheat sheaf, horse head, cow head and plough. The makers name, STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE, in tiny letters around the rim from 07 to 05. Shows die damage around the tunnel mouth making it appear wider.|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse: HOBDAY & JOBBERNS DRAPERS WATERLOO HOUSE CHRISTCHURCH
Reverse: ADVANCE CANTERBURY STOKES & MARTIN MELBOURNE
|Issued By:||Hobday & Jobberns, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, circa 1873|
|Mint:||Stokes & Martin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1873|
|Previous Collection:||Mr Alfred Chitty|
Probable Andrews 251 as shows die damage around the tunnel mouth making it appear wider.
Hobday and Jobberns employed Stokes & Martin of Melbourne to strike their penny tokens. Two obverse and two reverse dies were employed in the work. Die identification is the basis of standard references and the museum storage system and is straightforward.
Obverse H of HOBBERNS to C of CHRISTCHURCH H of HOUSE
A 7.0 mm below and slightly to right of A
B 5.0 mm directly below A
Reverse Makers name
1 STOKES & MARTIN around rim 05 to 07 (sometimes weak)
2 no makers name
The following die combinations have been recorded: A/1 (this token), B/2
This item is part of the following themes: