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Reuben Jospehs - Toll Gate Operator

Reuben Jospehs - Toll Gate Operator

Description

Reuben Josephs was born in London in 1790 and was a tailor by trade. He and his brother sold old clothes from a warehouse in London, until he was convicted of receiving stolen goods. On October 25, 1827 he was sentenced to fourteen years transportation and sent to Van Diemen's Land. His wife emigrated to Tasmania and purchased two blocks of land at New Norfolk. Reuben was assigned to be her servant, and they started a business there.

He was granted a ticket of leave in July 1833, a conditional pardon in 1836, and his certificate of freedom in 1841. After his wife died in 1844, he moved to Liverpool Street in Hobart. In 1852 he won the tender to operate the New Town toll gate for three years. It was during this time that he issued his trade tokens, which would have no doubt enabled him to profit from giving change to people passing through his gate.

Reuben Jospehs - Toll Gate Operator values and prices

The value of a australian token depends on several factors such as quality and wear, supply and demand, rarity, finish and more.

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Varieties AG-3 G-4 VG-8 F-12 VF-20 EF-40 AU-50
Half Penny ---$17.60$35.20$60.40$151
Penny ---$15.10$30.20$149$165
Varieties MS-60 MS-62 MS-63 MS-64 MS-65 MS-66 MS-67
Half Penny $547$944-----
Penny $502$866-----

Specifications

Half Penny

  • Issuer: Reuben Josephs
  • Mint : W.J.Taylor
  • Issuing date : 1855
  • Denomination : Half Penny
  • Composition: Copper
  • Weight: 6.5 grams
  • Diameter: 28 mm
  • Edge: Smooth
  • Renniks #: 310
  • Andrews #: 310
  • Gray #: 152

Penny

  • Issuer: Reuben Josephs
  • Mint : W.J.Taylor
  • Issuing date : 1855
  • Denomination : Penny
  • Composition: Copper
  • Weight: 14.6 grams
  • Diameter: 34 mm
  • Edge: Smooth
  • Renniks #: 309
  • Andrews #: 309
  • Gray #: 151

The values on this page are in Australian dollars (AUD).

Last update : Thursday, November 5, 2020

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