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This is a small round tin known as "Tom's spontaneous penny (1897)". There are two photographs enlarging the front of the penny and the small round notice underneath it. The penny is not a real currency penny, it has no date. It has written around its edges on the head side which has a bust of Queen Victoria, "Victoria D.G. Britt. Reg. F.D." The notice with it says the whole thing, which included several sovereigns, was given to the nephew of Harry Atkinson on 4th June 1897, in the hope he would be the next minister. One of Sir Harry Atkinson's nephews is Arthur Richmond Atkinson (1863-1935) an independent conservative Member of Parliament in New Zealand. He represented the City of Wellington electorate from 1899 to 1902 when he was defeated. He stood (unsuccessfully) for Wellington East in 1908. References: New Zealand Parliamentary Record 1840-1984 by J. O. Wilson (1985, 4th edition, Government Printer, Wellington). From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This object has no Picton Museum unique number to cross reference with.
Tin -Relics of the Past -Copyright Picton Museum and Historical Society
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PMHS.800.0123

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Last modified on: December 19, 2014