Australia > Tasmania: Penny mule token issued by Ruben Josephs, Van Diemen's Land toll gate operator, 1855; minted by W.J. Taylor of London; size: 33.75mm; weight: 14.05g. Obverse: toll gate with legend around "New Town Toll Gate * R. Josephs *". Reverse: 'Justice' seated on wool bale & commerce symbols; legend "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 AU-UNC with white paint spots; KM# Tn141 & Andr-309. Piece is gold-gilt colored as many are, but obscuring the token's details, appearing VF-EF but more likely EF-AU. A year after this issue, the island was renamed Tasmania.
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