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1 Penny Josephs, R. - New Town, Van Diemen's Land

1 Penny (Josephs, R. - New Town, Van Diemen's Land) -  obverse 1 Penny (Josephs, R. - New Town, Van Diemen's Land) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia - Colonial
Type Token
Year 1855
Value 1 Penny (1/240)
Currency Trade Tokens
Composition Copper
Weight 14.42 g
Diameter 34 mm
Thickness 2.0 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References Gray# 151,
A Study of Australasian Trade Tokens - An Illustrated Reference of the Merchants Tokens used in Colonial Australia & New Zealand
by Simon Gray
(Self published )
KM# Tn141
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Obverse

Lettering around edge with picture of gatehouse in the middle

Lettering:
NEW TOWN TOLL GATE
R JOSEPHS

Reverse

Lettering at top.Seated Justice facing left holding scale in right hand. Ship in background to the left.Date at bottom.

Lettering:
VAN DIEMEN'S LAND
1855

Edge

Plain

Comments

Copper one Penny mule token, minted by W.J. Taylor of London. It was issued by R. Josephs of Newtown, Tasmania, circa 1855. Transported to Australia in 1827 Josephs, gained his certificate of freedom in 1841. In 1852 he won the tender to operate the New Town toll gate for three years. It was during this time that he issued his trade tokens, known as 'Toll Gate' tokens, which would have enabled him to profit from giving change to people passing through his gate.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1855 

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