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Token Die - Halfpenny, Thomas Stokes, Diesinker, Token Maker & Medallist, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1862 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35784

Summary:
Steel Halfpenny Token die, created by Thomas Stokes in Melbourne, in 1962. Used as a stock die by Thomas Stokes, Diesinker, Token Maker & Medallist, Melbourne. 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: National Gallery of Victoria
Description:
A steel die 54 mm high with a main diameter of 55 mm and a working surface diameter of 28 mm. The die features the name, city and business of the firm: T. STOKES, MELBOURNE, DIE SINKER SEAL ENGRAVER LETTER CUTTER CHECK & TOKEN MAKER. It has chipped to the base the letters LBOURNE and after the maker's name.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 55 mm (Height), 54 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: numismatic dies, numismatic technology
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Murray & Christie, Grocers, Castlemaine, Victoria, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: dies
Series: Dies, Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1862 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: The die features the name, city and business of the firm in eight lines, the first and last curved: T. STOKES / DIE / SINKER / SEAL ENGRAVER / LETTER CUTTER / CHECK & TOKEN / MAKER / MELBOURNE all incuse mirror. It has chipped to the base the letters LBOURNE and after the maker's name.
Inscriptions: T. STOKES DIE SINKER SEAL ENGRAVER LETTER CUTTER CHECK & TOKEN MAKER MELBOURNE
Shape: Cylinder
Material: Steel
Issued By: Victoria, Australia
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1862
Commissioned By: Murray & Christie, Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
Previous Collection: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Numismatics Collection, pre 1976

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