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Token - 1/2 Penny, Moses Tolanto, Barbados, circa 1850 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 12030

1/2 Penny token, Issued by, Moses Tolanto (probably Tolano, mis-spelled on die), Barbados, circa 1850.
Mint not recorded.
Statement Of Significance:
Pridmore found the name Moses Tolano as a merchant in Bridgetown, Barbados. He was buried 30 May 1852. It is suggested that this is the corrrect name of the issuer of these tokens.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 29 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 8.984 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: slavery, british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADE TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Barbados
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Trade
DateEra: circa 1850 AD
Denomination: 1/2 Penny
Obverse Description: Bale marked 'MT' at top left; around, 'MOSES TOLANTO BARBADOES'.
Reverse Description: A cask marked 'MT' on top at left; around, 'FREEDOM WITHOUT SLAVERY'.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Moses Tolanto, Barbados, circa 1850
References: Pridmore vol.3 p.89 no.27
  1. [Book], Major Fred Pridmore, The Coins of the British Commonwealth of Nations, Part 3, West Indies, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1965

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