Copper One Penny Token, minted by Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by the Alliance Tea Co, Christchurch, 1866. The Alliance Tea Company of Christchurch was perhaps 'one of the earliest businesses in Christchurch,' (Canterbury, 1950). The token advertises a wide range of groceries for sale at the store, beyond just tea, including 'Italian Warehouse Fancy Goods...Coffees, Fruits and Spices.'

Physical Description

A round copper token (34 mm diameter). The piece features the name, address and business of the issuer: Alliance Tea Company, Italian Warehouse, opposite the Bank of New Zealand dealers in Fancy Goods, teas, coffees, spices and fruit.

Obverse Description

Legend in seven lines, the first curved around the rim; ALLIANCE TEA COMPANY / OPPOSITE / BANK OF / NEW ZEALAND / ROBERT THOMPSON / MANAGER / 1866

Reverse Description

At centre in four lines, ITALIAN / WAREHOUSE / FANCY / GOODS around, TEAS COFFEES FRUITS & SPICES . 1866 .

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