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Token - 1 Penny, Hobday & Jobberns, Christchurch, New Zealand, circa 1873 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3909

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.

Previous Collections: George McArthur
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. Below are argicultural symbols - a wheat sheaf, horse head, cow head and plough.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 12.474 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: agriculture, drapers, rail transport, railways, retail trade, retailing
Themes this item is part of: Hobday & Jobberns, Drapers, Christchurch, New Zealand, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Transport Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, McArthur Bequest
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1873 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
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 (No makers name around the rim from 07 to 05)
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Hobday & Jobberns, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, circa 1873
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1873
Previous Collection: George McArthur
References: 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.

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, B/2 (this token)
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 253
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 108/2
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 323a
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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