🔎 UNIDENTIFIED New Zealand Token?

iliveinahole

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Not quite sure if this is a token or what it is. I believe my grandfather brought it back after serving in the navy during WW2. Has what appears to be a Great Britain ship on one side and a Hei Tiki on the other.
 

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Interesting. I don’t know what it is, but the ship is the ‘Golden Hind’… used by Francis Drake for his circumnavigation of the world between 1577-1580. Specifically, it’s a direct copy of the design created by Thomas Humphrey Paget in 1937 and used on pre-decimal British halfpennies from George VI onwards.

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I would think probably a home-made good luck pocket-piece which may have actually used a pair of halfpennies as starting material. You can see the remains of Humphrey Paget’s initials ‘HP’ to the right, as they appear on the coin design.
 
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I didn't think to check, but the Hei-tiki is also one of Thomas Humphrey Paget's designs, used on New Zealand halfpennies from 1940 onwards. So, I would guess someone has filed/ground off parts of a British coin and a NZ coin, domed them and brazed them together.

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Very neat! I enjoy these types of coin projects. I think this piece could fall into the "Trench Art" category. Even if it wasn't made by a solider during wartime that description seems to incorporate craft work like this.
 
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My father brought back Australian coin bracelets like this from his time in the Pacific. Dimpled coin art was definitely a thing to do at the time.
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Very cool! I hadn't seen much as far as examples of use of the dome shaping, but that definitely is a good example. Thanks!
 
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