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Australia > Tasmania: Halfpenny mule token issued by Ruben Josephs, Van Diemen's Land toll gate operator, 1855; minted by W.J. Taylor of London; size: 27.75mm; weight: 6g. Obv.:

Australia > Tasmania: Halfpenny mule token issued by Ruben Josephs, Van Diemen's Land toll gate operator, 1855; minted by W.J. Taylor of London; size: 27.75mm; weight: 6g. Obv.: toll gate w/ leg. around "New Town Toll Gate * R. Josephs *". Rev.: 'Justice' seated on wool bale & commerce symbols; leg. "Van Diemen's Land | 1855". Josephs was a convict transported to Australia in 1827, gained his freedom in 1841, and won tender to operate New Town toll gate for 3 years in 1852: issued these 'Toll Gate' tokens to profit from giving change to people passing through his gate. In EF-AU; KM# Tn140 & Andrews-310.
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