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Surcharged Token - 1 Penny, Hobday & Jobberns, Christchurch, New Zealand, circa 1873, 'Abe Nathan' Numismatics Reg. No: NU 18816

Copper one Penny Surcharged Token, minted by Stokes & Martin. Issued by Hobday & Jobberns, drapers, in Christchurch, New Zealand. Surcharged on the reverse Abe Nathan inscribed below two olive branches.

Hobday & Jobberns was a drapery business in Christchurch, New Zealand. Little is know about the firm other than its fiery end. Just before two o'clock in the afternoon of October 1888, after a fire broke out in a pressing room. It destroyed the building but all the staff escaped unharmed.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The piece features the name, address and business of the issuer: Hobday & Jobberns, Waterloo House, Christchurch, Drapers. The reverse features has been removed and Abe Nathan inscribed below two olive branches
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 10.72 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: The token's reverse has been removed

More information

Tagged with: love tokens, surcharged tokens
Themes this item is part of: Hobday & Jobberns, Drapers, Christchurch, New Zealand, 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: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: surcharged strikes
DateEra: circa 1873 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in five lines: HOBDAY & JOBBERNS / DRAPERS / WATERLOO / HOUSE / CHRISTCHURCH
Reverse Description: Abe Nathan inscribed below two olive branches
Edge Description: Plain
Reverse: Abe Nathan
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Hobday & Jobberns, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, circa 1873
Mint: Stokes & Martin, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, post 1873
Surcharged By: Abe Nathan, circa 1875
Previous Collection: Mr Alfred Chitty
References: Hobday and Jobberns employed Stokes & Martin of Melbourne to strike their penny tokens. Two obverse and two reverse dies were employed in the work. Die identification is the basis of standard references and the museum storage system and is straightforward.

A 7.0 mm below and slightly to right of A
B 5.0 mm directly below A

Reverse Makers name
1 STOKES & MARTIN around rim 05 to 07 (sometimes weak)
2 no makers name

The following die combinations have been recorded: A/1, B/2 (this token BUT WITH REVERSE REMOVED)
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 253
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 108/2
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 323a
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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