New Zealand (1875) penny token KM-Tn21

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from the Stack's Bowers 2018 NYINC sale, lot 24566
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This specimen was lot 24566 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "NEW ZEALAND. New Plymouth. John Gilmour. Penny Token, ND. NGC AU-55 BN. Rarity 2. Mt. Egmont with Kiwi bird flanked by palm trees and other foliage; Reverse: 'New Plymouth' at center, 'John Gilmour' above, 'New Zealand' below. Lightly circulated with mottled tone on the obverse and smooth attractive chocolate patina on the reverse. A few scattered marks from long ago mentioned for accuracy. From the James Heegeman Collection." The SCWC comments, "Because of a shortage of British money, New Zealand merchant tokens were issued beginning in 1857. There were some 147 varieties issued in 10 cities, although the majority were issued in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Dunedin."

Recorded mintage: unknown but scarce.

Specification: copper, 31 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: Andrews-143; Lampard-318; KM-TN21; Gray-81; Renniks-149.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, John Kraljevich and Cris Chatigny, The January 2018 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Eldorado Collection of Colombian and Ecuadorian Coins, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2017.

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