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Mule Token - 1 Penny, Thomas White & Son, Grocers, Westbury, Tasmania, Australia, 1855 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 11635

Summary:
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.
Description:
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. This token has been cleaned.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 34 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 15.469 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: mule tokens, retail trade, retailing
Themes this item is part of: Thomas White & Son, Grocers, Westbury, Tasmania, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, United Kingdom, Branch Mints of the Royal Mint, Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
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
Inscriptions: Obverse: THOMAS WHITE AND SON WESTBURY
Reverse: TASMANIA 1855
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: Thomas White and Son, Westbury, Tasmania, Australia, 1855
Mint: W.J.Taylor, Mint, London, England, Great Britain, 1855
Previous Collection: Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch
Bibliography:
  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

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