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Mule Token - 1 Penny, Thomas White & Son, Grocers, Westbury, Tasmania, Australia, 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4515

Copper one Penny mule token, minted by W.J. Taylor of London. It was issued by Thomas White of Westbury, Tasmania, circa 1855. White issued tokens of penny and halfpenny denomination in 1855 and made a second issue of pennies in 1857. The obverse die was the same for the 1855 and 1857 issues.

Transported to Tasmania in 1827, he completed his sentence in 1834 and founded his grocery business in 1845. The store from which White issued the White and Son tokens, the White House, is still located at the corner of Lonsdale Promenade and King Street in Westbury and is now on the register of the National Trust of Australia as an outstanding colonial era building.

Previous Collections: Hon. William M.K. Vale
A round copper token (34 mm diameter) featuring the name and Town that issued the tokens: Thomas White and Son, Westbury. The reverse depicts a kangaroo and emu facing each other and gives the date of issue, 1855.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 16.684 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: mule tokens, retail trade, retailing
Themes this item is part of: Heaton & Sons Mint, Birmingham, England, Thomas White & Son, Grocers, Westbury, Tasmania, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, William Mountford Kinsey Vale, Politican (1833-1895)
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Australia - Tasmania
Tertiary Classification: mule strikes
Series: Trade Tokens
DateEra: 1855 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Legend in four lines, THOMAS WHITE / AND / SON / . WESTBURY . first and last lines curved.
Reverse Description: At centre, an emu standing facing right looking at Kangaroo seated on tail in grassy field facing left, around above, TASMANIA in exergue, 1855.
Edge Description: Plain
Reverse: TASMANIA 1855
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Thomas White and Son, Westbury, Tasmania, Australia, 1855
Mint: Heaton & Sons (Mint), London, England, Great Britain, 1855
Previous Collection: Honourable William Vale
References: Petterwood, G.,Tasmanian Numismatist, Internet Edition, November 2001;
National Trust of Australia (Tasmania) webpage for 'the White House, Westbury, Tasmania'
The Cornwall Chronicle, 4 April 1855, p.5.
St John, E., White Family History, Unpublished Manuscript, 3pps.
  1. [Book], Dr Arthur Andrews, Australasian Tokens and Coins, Trustees of the Mitchell Library, Sydney, Sydney, 1921, No. 620
  2. [Book], Dion Skinner - Renniks & Co Pty Ltd, Gilbert Heyde, Unofficial Coins of Colonial Australia and New Zealand, 1967, No. 273/1
  3. [Book], Roger McNeice, Coins and Tokens of Tasmania 1803-1910, pp.90-91 Pages

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