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Token - 1 Penny, Late Strike, Stead Bros, Grocers & Seedsmen, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, circa 1918 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4344

Summary:
Bronze One Penny Token, a late strike, minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne, circa 1918. First issued by Stead Bros, Grocers & Seedsmen, Bendigo, Victoria, 1862. The three Stead brothers came to Victoria in the early 1850s from Leeds in England. They established themselves as 'fruiterers, grocers and produce merchants' in Bendigo soon afterwards. The brothers were active in their business through the 1860s. Between 1862 and 1864 they maintained a store at in Melbourne, as well as their main shop in Bendigo. From 1865 they were using H. Box & Co.'s premises as their Melbourne address. John Stead ran the Bendigo side of the business, his brothers looking after the Melbourne depot. The brothers ran a number of teams between the two cities. The Steads also kept something of a menagerie, which was not always kept under control. It is recorded that their magpie escaped and a five [pound] reward was offered. Then, their monkey escaped and the local paper reported: That embodiment of mischief, 'Stead's Monkey', managed yesterday to slip his chain and occassioned considerable amusement to a large crowd by his agility and cunning in avoiding his intending captors.'
Description:
A round bronze token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: Stead Bros., Pall Mall, Sanhurst (Bendigo), grocers & seedsmen. The reverse features a coat of arms. This token has been varnished
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.119 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: late strikes
Themes this item is part of: Stead Brothers, Grocers & Seedsmen, Bendigo, Victoria, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: late strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1862 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: STEAD BROTHERS / FRUITERERS / GROCERS / & SEEDSMEN / PALL MALL / SANDHURST
Reverse Description: Stokes stock Arms (And.13) rim chipped 08-09 & rusted
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: STEAD BROTHERS FRUITERERS GROCERS & SEEDSMEN PALL MALL SANDHURST
Reverse: VICTORIA 1862 T. STOKES MAKER 100 COLLINS ST. MELBOURNE
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Stead Brothers, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, 1862
Mint: Stokes (Mint), circa 1918
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
References: Gardner, F., Trade tokens and the firms who issued them, The Australian Storekeepers and Traders Journal, 30 March 1912, p. 10 (photocopy);
Public Records Office of Victoria internet index of Unassisted Immigrants to Victoria, 1852 - 1923, VPRS 7666;
Sharples, J., "Catalogue of Victorian Trade Tokens' in Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia, Vol. 7, December 1993, p.19;
Advertisement, The Bendigo Advertiser, 4 July 1862, p.1;
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 503
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 67
  3. [Article] Sharples, John P. 1993. A Catalogue of the Trade Tokens of Victoria 1848 to 1862. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. vol.7: p.1-77.

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