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Token - 1 Penny, United Service Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand, 1874 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11596

New Zealand Auckland
United Service Hotel Token Penny 1874 (AD)
Mint: Uncertain British

Standard References: Andrews 591 = Heyde 257 = Lampard 344
Other Details: This token was struck with the die combination B/1, see References for details of die identification. Tokens were demonetised in New Zealand on March 25, 1897.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: United Service Hotel, corner of Queen and William Streets, Auckland. The reverse features a profile head of Queen Victoria and the date 1874. This token has been cleaned.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 16.260 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: hotels
Themes this item is part of: United Service Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, 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: 1874 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre within a line circle, UNITED SERVICE / HOTEL around above, CORNER QUEEN & WELLESLEY STREETS around below, AUCKLAND N.Z. The words UNITED SERVICE are curved around above the word HOTEL.
Reverse Description: Head of young Queen Victoria facing left; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1874
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: United Service Hotel, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, 1874
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
References: Andrews 591 = Heyde 257/2 = Lampard 344a

The United Service Hotel issue of penny tokens required two obverse and one reverse dies for it's production. Identification of the die combination employed to make a particular token is the key to both the standard references and the museum storage system. The dies can be recognised by:

A in straight line 21.5 mm long
B in curved line 20.0 mm long
The following die combinations have been recorded: A/1, B/1 (this token)
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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