This copper Halfpenny mule token was 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.

Physical Description

A round copper token (28 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.

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

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