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Token - 1 Penny, Thomas Stokes, Diesinker, Token Maker & Medallist, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4415

Copper one Penny token, minted by Thomas Stokes of Melbourne, circa 1862. Issued by Thomas Stokes, Diesinker, Token Maker & Medallist, Melbourne. This token is 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.

Previous Collections: George McArthur
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). There is no name of issuer or mint. The obverse (so called as all 'anonymous' issues by Stokes have a version of it) is the stock Vine: at centre within a line circle a piece of grape vine with leaves and two bunches of grapes; around above, VICTORIA . 1862, around below the Latin IN VINO VERITAS. The reverse is from a stock wheat sheaf die: At centre a wheat sheaf tied with a cord; above, ADVANCE AUSTRALIA below, 1862. 265 pencilled in field to left of sheaf on reverse
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 12.611 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: wheat, wholesale trade
Themes this item is part of: George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Thomas Stokes, Token & Medal Maker (1831-1910), McArthur Bequest
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1862 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre within a line circle a piece of grape vine with eleven large and three small leaves and two bunches of grapes; around above, VICTORIA . 1862, around below the Latin IN VINO VERITAS. This is a Stokes stock reverse it is numbered in the standard catalogues as: Sharples Vine 8 = Heyde Vine 9 = Andrews 6.
Reverse Description: At centre a wheat sheaf tied with a cord 4.7 mm long, above, ADVANCE AUSTRALIA; below, 1862 border of 114 beads. (Stock reverse Andrews type 21 = Heyde Sheaf 1 = Sharples Sheaf 1). 265 pencilled in field to left of sheaf.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: VICTORIA . 1862 IN VINO VERITAS
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Thomas Stokes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862
Previous Collection: George McArthur
References: Stokes products which do not carry the name of an issuer but only reference to Stokes itself, are divided into four series:
Series 1: has the wording T. STOKES or THOMAS STOKES MAKER MELBOURNE around the address in three lines 100 COLLINS ST. EAST plus one die where the central wording is ONE PENNY TOKEN in two lines.
Series 2: has a description of the types of product, eg. BUTTON CHECK & TOKEN MAKER, around the name and address of the company, T. STOKES 100 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE. All but one die in this series has a line circle between the name and address and the products.
Series 3: employs Stokes stock reverse dies for both sides of the token. In all cases one side has a Vine type, this is therefore called the obverse.
Series 4: has an obverse legend in eight lines with the first, T. STOKES, and last, MELBOURNE, curved.

This token belongs to Series 3 , the anonymous stock die issues. The following thirteen die combinations have been recorded as original, 1862, products:
Vine 4 / Arms 7 Vine 5 / Arms 5 Vine 6 / Arms 5 Vine 7 / Arms 6
Vine 4 / Arms 6 Vine 6 / Arms 6
Vine 4 / Sheaf 1 Vine 7 / Sheaf 1 Vine 8 / Sheaf 1
Vine 5 / Sheaf 2 Vine 7 / Sheaf 2
Vine 6 / Emu 3 Vine 9 / Emu 3
See Sharples JNAA Vol 7 pp 5 - 10 & 62 - 63
  1. [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., V. 159
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 239/4
  3. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 549

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