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Mule Token - 1 Penny, Thomas White & Son, Grocers, Westbury, Tasmania, Australia, 1855 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
|Dimensions:||34 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||16.684 g (Weight)|
|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|
|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.|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse: THOMAS WHITE AND SON WESTBURY
Reverse: TASMANIA 1855
|Issued By:||Thomas White and Son, Westbury, Tasmania, Australia, 1855|
|Mint:||Heaton & Sons (Mint), London, England, Great Britain, 1855|
|Previous Collection:||Honourable William Vale|
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St John, E., White Family History, Unpublished Manuscript, 3pps.
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