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Surcharged Token - 'ADA' on 1 Penny, Morrin & Co, Auckland, New Zealand, circa 1858 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18850

Summary:
Copper one Penny token minted by Heaton & Son in Birmingham, circa 1858. Issued by Morrin & Co, grocers, wine and spirit merchants, in Queen Street, Auckland. Surcharged ADA. John Morrin did not remain in business very long as in later life he was the Auckland representative of Arthur Heather, merchant, Customs Street.

Previous Collections: George McArthur
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name, address and business of the issuer: Morrin & Co., Queen St. Auckland, grocers wine and spirit merchant, around a palm tree. The reverse features a female figure representing Justice standing facing 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 is draped to near the elbow while drapery falls from her extended arm to below the horizon line behind; around above, ADVANCE AUCKLAND. A Maori, holding a spear, and a gold prospector, holding a pick, shake hands at left of token below the scales. This token has been holed and surcharged ADA
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.08 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: holed

More information

Tagged with: gold, grocers, maori culture, maoris, surcharged tokens, wine spirit merchants
Themes this item is part of: Morrin & Co., Grocers & Wine Merchants, Auckland, New Zealand, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Heaton & Sons Mint, Birmingham, England, McArthur Bequest, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903)
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: surcharged strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1858 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre a palm tree, around in four curved lines, MORRIN & Co. / QUEEN STREET / AUCKLAND / GROCERS, WINE & SPIRIT MERCHANTS surcharged ADA, holed through M of MORRIN
Reverse Description: Female figure representing Justice standing facing 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 is draped to near the elbow while drapery falls from her extended arm to near the horizon line behind; around above, ADVANCE AUCKLAND. A Maori, holding a spear, and a gold prospector, holding a pick, shake hands at left of token below the scales. Holed through A of AUCKLAND.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: MORRIN & Co. QUEEN STREET AUCKLAND GROCERS, WINE & SPIRIT MERCHANTSsurcharged ADA
Reverse: ADVANCE AUCKLAND
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Morrin & Co, Grocers & Wine Merchants, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, circa 1858
Mint: Heaton & Sons (Mint), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1852-1870
Previous Collection: George McArthur
Bibliography:
  1. [Thesis] Lugton, Mary E. 1989. George McArthur of Maldon: his Life and his Book Collection.
  2. [Catalogue] Morrison, Ian. 2003. The Baker of Maldon.
  3. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 387
  4. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 187/1
  5. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 335
  6. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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