New Zealand Christchurch
W. Pratt Token Penny, c. 1858
Mint: Uncertain, probably British
Standard References: Andrews 444 = Heyde 212/2 = Lampard 339a
Other Details: Pratt was a draper and clothier. This token was struck with the die combination A/2, see References for daetals of die identification. Tokens were demonetised in New Zealand on 25 March 1897.
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) giving the name address and business of the issuer: W. Pratt Dunsrable House, Cachel Street Christchurch, importer of linen drapery and clothing. It gives the date of the foundation of the firm, 1854.
Legend in eight lines, WILLIAM PRATT / DIRECT / IMPORTER / OF / EVERY DESCRIPTION / OF LINEN / DRAPERY / AND / CLOTHING
Legend in five lines: DUNSTABLE HOUSE / ESTABLISHED / 1854 / CASHEL STREET / CHRISTCHURCH
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Mr Alfred Chitty, 15 Mar 1976
Obverse: WILLIAM PRATT DIRECT IMPORTER OF EVERY DESCRIPTION OF LINEN DRAPERY AND CLOTHING Reverse: DUNSTABLE HOUSE ESTABLISHED 1854 CASHEL STREET CHRISTCHURCH
Type of item
34 mm (Outside Diameter), 14.025 g (Weight)
Andrews 444 = Heyde 212/2 = Lampard 339a The Pratt issue of penny tokens required three obverse and three reverse dies for it's production. Identification of the die combination employed to make a particular token is the key to both the standard references and the museum storage system. The dies can be recognised by: Obverse Y of EVERY 1st I of DESCRIPTION A over IN over AP B over IN over A C over I over AP Reverse C of CHRISTCHURCH 1st T of STREET T to 1 of date 1 below A above RC 2.4 mm 2 below CA above R 2.5 mm 3 below C above R 3.0 mm The following die combinations have been recorded: A/1, A/2 (this token), B/3, C/3
[Book] Andrews, Arthur. 1921. Australasian Tokens and Coins.
[Book] Heyde, Gilbert C. & Skinner, Dion H. 1967. Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand.
[Book] Lampard, William H. 1981. Catalogue of New Zealand Coins Tokens Bank Notes.
[Book] Humberstone, Vaughn. 2010. Merchants Making Money.