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Token - Halfpenny, Kirkcaldie & Stains, Wellington, New Zealand, circa 1875 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11350

Bronze Halfpenny Token, minted by an unknown British mint. Issued by Kirkcaldie & Stains, Wellington, New Zealand, circa 1875. Today Kirkcaldie and Stains is a prestigious retail business. The business was founded by Englishman John Kirkaldie, who had been apprenticed as a draper; and Scot Robert Stains, who had a retail trade background. The met in Sydney and decided to pool their capital to establish a business in New Zealand. They settled on Wellington as the place, and their first store was the hulk of a wrecked ship, at Lambton Quay. In 1886 Robert Stains returns to England and the partnership was dissolved. The business remained in the hands of the Kirkcaldie family until the 1930s. In 1931 the business was sold to British Overseas Stores, who sold it to the Renouf Corporation (later Hellaby Holdings) in 1985.
A round bronze token (26 mm diameter). The piece features the name, address and business of the issuer: Kirkcaldie & Stains, general drapers and outfitters, Wellington. The reverse features a coat of arms with a bearded bust as crest (John Kirkcaldie?).
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 26 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 4.976 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: drapers, outfitters
Themes this item is part of: Kirkcaldie & Stains, Retailers, Wellington, New Zealand, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: New Zealand
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: circa 1875 AD
Denomination: Halfpenny
Obverse Description: Legend in six lines, the first and last curved: KIRKCALDIE & STAINS / GENERAL / DRAPERS / AND / OUTFITTERS / . WELLINGTON .
Reverse Description: Coat of arms with a bearded bust as crest, around, KIRKCALDIE WELLINGTON motto on ribbon, FORTISSIMA VERITAS
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Kirkcaldie & Stains, Wellington, North Island, New Zealand, circa 1875
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 312
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 142
  3. [Book], William Lampard, Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Incorporated, Wellington, 1981, No. 327a
  4. [Book], Vaughn Humberstone, Merchants Making Money, 2010

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