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Token - 1 Penny, Late Strike, Henry J. Hall, Christchurch Coffee Mills, New Zealand, circa 1920 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3803

Copper one Penny Token, minted by Stokes & Son of Melbourne. Issued by Henry J. Hall, Christchurch, New Zealand. This token is a late strike, it was struck, circa 1920. Henry Hall was a grocer, wine and spirit merchant and ran a coffee mill. He arranged for two mints to strike tokens, W.J. Taylor in London, and Stokes in Melbourne. Hall issued nineteen penny token varieties, and three halfpennies. They were very simply designed, with text and no graphic elements.

Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria
A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The token features the name and business of the issuer: H.J. Hall, Christchurch coffee mills, family grocer, wine and spirit merchant. It is a late strike from corroded dies and has been cleaned and varnished.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 13.137 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: late strikes, nz.chch, christchurch
Themes this item is part of: Henry Joseph Hall, Agriculturalist & Grocer, Christchurch, New Zealand (circa 1835-1896), Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: late strikes
Series: Trade Tokens late strikes
DateEra: circa 1920 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Across centre, H.J. HALL around above and below, CHRISTCHURCH COFFEE MILLS the stops after H and J are square, the die was much corroded resulting in extensive raised surface spotting.
Reverse Description: Across centre, H.J. HALL around above and below, FAMILY GROCER : WINE & SPIRIT MERCHANT :
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Henry Hall - Christchurch Coffee Mills, New Zealand
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920
Commissioned By: Henry Hall - Christchurch Coffee Mills, Christchurch, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand, circa 1920
Previous Collection: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Numismatics Collection, pre 1976
References: Hall employed two mints to strike his tokens, W.J. Taylor and Stokes. Both firms later meployed the dies to make restrikes and concoctions for collectors. This token is a Stokes late strike for details of Taylor's products, referred to in the catalogues as 'with bars' see NU 3781. Die identification is the basis of standard references and the museum storage system. This is a Stokes product 'without bars' the dies are:

Obverse H.J. HALL Stops after H.J.
G 26.1 mm round
H 23.2 mm square

Reverse H.J. HALL Stops after H.J. Other
7 23.0 mm round J tilted left L of HALL above middle of N
8 23.8 mm round
9 23.0 mm round J upright L of HALL to bottom on N
10 22.0 mm round
11 22.0 mm square
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 178
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 92/2
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 322m
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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