Ceylon (Sri Lanka) Steuart & Co's. Wekande Mills 19 Cents 1843

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George Steuart & Co's., Wekande Mills Ceylon (Sri Lanka) bronze token dated 1843. Obverse: Two native women at work with legend: "WEKANDE MILLS" with the same in both Sinhalese and Tamil (although incorrect). Reverse: Legend with date in centre: "GEORGE STEUART & Co. * CEYLON". Milled edge. This was in fact issued in 1881 after the older type tokens had been withdrawn and had a value of 19 cents. At this time the mills employed around 1,500 staff. It was designed by the manager of the mills, Charles Hendry. Lovely collectable condition, see photograph.

Pridmore No: 96. Diameter 28mm. AUNC. (↑↑) £50.00

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