I’d like to share some of these. I don’t intend to rush this thread as I’d like to get some of the research sorted so I can show a little bit of detail for each issue I have.ewen s wrote:I have formed a small collection of NZ tradesman tokens. They are not coins as such but were used in place of small change from the 1850's through to the late 1880's.
In those days there was a shortage of small coins throughout the huge British empire. You can imagine the cost of shipping ha'pennies and farthings to such far-flung corners as NZ was fairly prohibitive.
This was compounded by the settlers preferring to not carry small coins especially as weight and space were a premium on the sailing ships.
Grocers etc minted their own small change to solve the issue until they were eventually declared illegal once the stocks of official coinage had risen
I first saw one at a stamp auction about 6 years ago. So far I have about 30 different, so somewhere about halfway there (simplified).
This thread is not just for my own amusement though – if you have NZ tokens you’d like to show, or have any queries about them, please feel free to share them here
Note: the advertisements come from a great website called “Paperspast” where you can search through old NZ newspapers online. The pics are of my tokens and are not taken from elsewhere.