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Token - 1 Penny, Late Strike, Evans & Foster, Booksellers & Stationers, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3698

Summary:
Copper One Penny Token, a late strike, minted Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by Evans & Foster, Booksellers & Stationers, Melbourne, 1862. Hugh C. Evans, aged 47, arrived in Melbourne on board the King Fisher in July 1857. By 1858, Evans had established himself as a 'publisher and bookseller' at 94 Bourke Street East. He ran the business without a partner from this address until 1861. In 1859, 1860 and 1861 he placed advertisements in Melbourne Directories, drawing readers' attention to his 'Cheap book and stationery warehouse.' His services included bookbinding, engraving, copperplate printing, a circulating library and a range of cheap sheet music. In 1861 Evans moved his business to 78 Bourke Street East and made Oswald Foster a partner in the new business. In the Sands and McDougall directory for 1862 they described themselves as 'Booksellers, Stationers and Circulating Library.' The business was not listed after 1867.

Previous Collections: George McArthur
Description:
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: Evans & Foster, 78 Bourke St. East, Melbourne, Booksellers & Stationers. The reverse features an emu standing facing left in front of a rising sun with thirteen long light rays. Below on a scroll the motto ADVANCE VICTORIA with no flowers emerging below scroll. Around above, VICTORIA 1862, around below in two lines, T. STOKES _ MAKER / 100 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE. A lete strike, cleaned and varnished.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 12.723 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: bookshops, late strikes, libraries, stationers
Themes this item is part of: Evans & Foster, Booksellers, Melbourne, Victoria, George McArthur, Collector & Baker (1842-1903), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, McArthur Bequest
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Victoria
Tertiary Classification: late strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1862 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: At centre in five lines, EVANS / & / FOSTER / 78 / BOURKE ST. / EAST around, BOOKSELLERS & STATIONERS : MELBOURNE : border of 118 beads. There is a die crack along the tops of the letters BOOK.
Reverse Description: At centre an emu standing facing left in front of a rising sun with thirteen long light rays. Below on a scroll the motto ADVANCE VICTORIA with no flowers emerging below scroll. Around above, VICTORIA 1862, around below in two lines, T. STOKES _ MAKER / 100 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE. Border of 110 beads, the head of the emu between the 6th and 7th ray. Stock die references: Andrews 18 = Heyde Emu 2 = Sharples Emu 3
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: EVANS & FOSTER 78 BOURKE ST. EAST BOOKSELLERS & STATIONERS MELBOURNE
Reverse: VICTORIA 1862 ADVANCE VICTORIA T. STOKES MAKER 100 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE.
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Evans & Foster, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1862-1904
Mint: Stokes (Mint), 1862
Previous Collection: George McArthur
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 118
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 28

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