Steel One Penny Token Die, made by Stokes, Melbourne. Used to strike tokenst issued by A. Davidson, Grocer, Wine & Spirit Merchant, Melbourne, in 1862. Then used later (circa 1920) to manufacture collector pieces. Archibald Davidson arrived in Melbourne from Girven, Ayrshire, Scotland, in October 1852. He obtained work at the Bank of Australasia in Geelong, but it is believed he then tried his luck on the goldfields. He returned to Melbourne some seven years later, first working as a bookkeeper for David Masterton & Co., before opening a Grocery and Spirit and Wine Merchant's store in Collins Street in 1860, which he ran until his retirement in 1874. After investing in the Great Extended Hustler's Reef mine at Bendigo in 1870, he made so much in dividends that he could afford to retire. Unfortunately he lost a substantial amount of his wealth in land speculation, even so, Davidson retired a wealthy man.

Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria

Physical Description

A steel die 54 mm high with a base diameter of 54 mm and a working surface diameter of 34 mm. The die features the name address and business of the firm which commissioned it; A. Davidson, 112 Collins St. East - corner Russell St. Melbourne, grocer, wine and spirit merchant

Obverse Description

At centre within line circle A.DAVIDSON / 112 / COLLINS ST. EAST / CORNER / OF / RUSSELL ST. / MELBOURNE around outside line circle and within border of 111 beads, GROCER WINE & SPIRIT MERCHANT : (all incuse mirror)

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