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Token - 1 Penny, Late Strike, Thomas Stokes, Diesinker, Token Maker & Medallist, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1918 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4375

Summary:
Copper one Penny token, minted by Thomas Stokes of Melbourne, circa 1918. Originally issued by Thomas Stokes, Diesinker, Token Maker & Medallist, Melbourne, in 1862. This token is a late-strike of one of the large number of anonymous tokens struck by Stokes late in 1862. Anonymous issues were manufactured employing two stock dies. Thomas Stokes migrated to Australia in search of gold in the 1850s, being unsuccessful he returned to his trade as a die-maker and button maker. In 1857 Stokes acquired a press from W.J. Taylor and began to mint large numbers of tradesmen's tokens. He also commenced the Australian Medallic Issues. In 1873 Stokes took a partner, Martin, and the business was re-named Stokes & Martin. In 1893 a disastrous fire damaged a large portion of the business, Martin had forgotten to renew the fire insurance policy, and the partnership was dissolved as a result. Stokes rebuilt the business as Stokes & Son. The business became a proprietary concern in 1911, re-named Stokes & Son Pty Ltd. In 1935 the business moved to Brunswick, and in 1962 Stokes became a public company, renamed Stokes (Australasia) Pty Ltd. Today the business is located in Ringwood.
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name address and buisness of Stokes: T. STOKES 100 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE LETTER CUTTER BUTTON CHECK & TOKEN MAKER. The reverse features at centre within a line circle a piece of grape vine with nine large leaves and two bunches of grapes, below, but still within the line circle the manufacturers name T. STOKES MAKER MEL.; around above, VICTORIA 1862, around below the Latin IN VINO VERITAS. Border of 113 beads. This is a Stokes stock reverse, used for many trade token issuers. It is numbered in the standard catalogues as: Sharples Vine 2 = Heyde Vine 2 = Andrews 1.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.633 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: late strikes
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Thomas Stokes, Token & Medal Maker (1831-1910), Thomas Stokes, Token & Medal Maker (1831-1910), Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: late strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1918 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre within a line circle in five lines, T. STOKES / 100 / COLLINS ST. / EAST / MELBOURNE around, LETTER CUTTER BUTTON CHECK & TOKEN MAKER :
Reverse Description: At centre within a line circle a piece of grape vine with nine large leaves and two bunches of grapes, below, but still within the line circle the manufacturers name T. STOKES MAKER MEL.; around above, VICTORIA 1862, around below the Latin IN VINO VERITAS. Border of 113 beads. This is a Stokes stock reverse, used for many trade token issuers. It is numbered in the standard catalogues as: Sharples Vine 2 = Heyde Vine 2 = Andrews 1.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: T. STOKES 100 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE LETTER CUTTER BUTTON CHECK & TOKEN MAKER
Reverse: VICTORIA 1862 T. STOKES MAKER MEL. IN VINO VERITAS
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Thomas Stokes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Thomas Stokes, 1862-1918
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 525
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 234/2
  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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