Steel One Penny Token, made by Thomas Stokes, Melbourne. For J.W. Buxton, Stationery Stores, Brisbane, circa 1862. J.W. Buxton appears to have run one of the largest stationery businesses in Brisbane during the 1860s. His wife, Mrs. Buxton, ran a well publicised Ladies Drapery warehouse. This is the obverse die used to manufacture trade tokens in about 1862.

Previous Collections: National Gallery of Victoria

Physical Description

A steel die 53 mm high with a main diameter of 55 mm and a working surface diameter of 34 mm. The die features the name, and business of the firm that commissioned it: J.W. BUXTON Stationery STORES The base of the die has broken and it has a die crack across the working face from the rim at 11 to 05.

Obverse Description

Across the centre of the working face, J.W. BUXTON curved above and below, STATIONERY STORES all incuse retrograde.


This die is the primary evidence that the tokens for Buxton were manufactured in Melbourne by Stokes.

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