Copper One Penny Token, minted by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. Issued by George Nichols, Bookseller & Stationer, Melbourne, 1862. George Nichols, bookseller, stationer and printer, appears in a Melbourne directory for the first time in 1855. In that year he took out a full page advertisement in Butterfield's 1855 Melbourne Directory, stating that 'G. Nichols Begs to inform his numerous friends and customers that he has REMOVED from the WESTERN MARKET to the very commodious premises adjoining the Clarendon Hotel, Great Collins Street, Directly opposite the Western Market, Where the chief requirements in the Business of a Bookseller and Stationer will constantly be in Stock, to supply the wants of his customers. G.N. relies confidently upon his reasonable charges and long experience in the trade, for obtaining an extension of support in his new premises. He respectfully solicits an inspection of his stock comprising amongst other goods, a large stock of the following, viz.:- Ledgers, Journals, Invoice books, Day Books, Cash Books, Letter Books, Papers.'

Physical Description

A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: George Nichols, opposite corner to Post Office Melbourne, bookseller and stationer. The reverse is a Stokes stock Arms.

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Coat of arms consisting of a central shield set on grass covered ground and below Rising Sun. On left a kangaroo seated facing out but head back towards sun (sejant sinister reguardant) and on right emu with similar stance (passant dexter reguardant). Below ground line and set on bouquet of rose, thistles and shamrock, a ribbon with the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA. The shield is quartered by a cross with a star at the centre and at the end of each arm. The cross is shaded with horizontal and vertical lines, hatched around the stars. The quarters contain: top left, a three-masted sailing ship; top right, a golden fleece; bottom left, an anchor; and bottom right, a wheat sheaf. Around above, VICTORIA . 1862 around below in two lines, T. STOKES MAKER / 100 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE. The T of T. STOKES above the first LL of COLLINS and the T EAST is below the A of MAKER.

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