Token - 1 Penny, United Service Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand, 1874 Reg. No: NU 4461
- New Zealand Auckland
United Service Hotel Token Penny 1874 (AD)
Mint: Uncertain British
Standard References: Andrews 590 = Heyde 257/1 = Lampard 344
Other Details: This token was struck with the die combination A/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.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||34 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||16.136 g (Weight)|
|Themes this item is part of:||United Service Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Alfred Chitty Collection|
|Primary Classification:||TRADE TOKENS|
|Secondary Classification:||New Zealand|
|Tertiary Classification:||working strikes|
|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 in a straight line above the word HOTEL.|
|Reverse Description:||Head of young Queen Victoria facing left; around, VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1874|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse: UNITED SERVICE HOTEL CORNER QUEEN & WELLESLEY STREETS AUCKLAND N.Z.
Reverse: VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1874
|Issued By:||United Service Hotel, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, 1874|
|Previous Collection:||Mr Alfred Chitty|
Andrews 590 = Heyde 257/1 = Lampard 344
-Robinson, H.A.. "Auckland Tradesmen's Tokens." The New Zealand Numismatic Journal. May 1974: p. 141.
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:
Obverse UNITED SERVICE
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 (this token), B/1