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Token Die - 1 Penny, J. Hosie, The Scotch Pie Shop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 35776

Steel One Penny Token Die, made by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne, 1862. For tokens issued by J. Hosie, The Scotch Pie, Melbourne. James Hosie came to Melbourne in 1853 from Leith, Scotland. Hosie initially worked as a shoemaker, in Melbourne at the Western Markets and at the gold fields at Mount Blackwood. He returned to Melbourne and opened a shop, his father opened a pie shop next door and his success led James to follow suit. He was successful enough to move to better premises and then open both a hotel (the Baths Hotel) and Hosie's Baths, which were both successful businesses. Hosie invested heavily in land speculation at places such as Apollo Bay and Altona Bay. Unfortunately the boom burst and he had to go back to the mainspring of his wealth: selling pies. His last shop was in Little Collins Street. He died on March 30 1900, having made and lost a fortune, still running his pie shop.

This is one of three obverse dies employed to strike trade tokens for Hosie's Pie shop in 1862.

Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
A steel die 52 mm high with a main diameter of 56 mm and a working surface diameter of 35 mm. The die features the name, address and business of the firm which commissioned it: J. Hosie, 10 & 12 Bourke St. East Melbourne, The Scotch Pie Shop. A small pictorial element, a thistle, occurs between the name and address.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 56 mm (Height), 52 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: The working surface diameter of 35mm is slightly larger than normal

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Tagged with: numismatic dies, numismatic technology, take away food
Themes this item is part of: James Hosie, Baker, Melbourne, Victoria (circa 1830s-1900), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, 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: 1862 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: The die features at centre within a line circle J. HOSIE 10 & 12 BOURKE ST. EAST around, THE SCOTCH PIE SHOP : MELBOURNE : (all Incuse and retrograde); a small pictorial element, a thistle, occurs between the name and address.
Inscriptions: J. HOSIE 10 & 12 BOURKE ST. EAST MELBOURNE THE SCOTCH PIE SHOP (Incuse and retrograde)
Shape: Cylinder
Material: Steel
Issued By: Victoria, Australia
Mint: Stokes (Mint), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862
Commissioned By: J Hosie - The Scotch Pie Shop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862
Previous Collection: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Numismatics Collection, pre 1976
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 265 - 272
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 121 - 123

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