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Goerach Batoe plantation token
« on: September 08, 2011, 06:07:25 PM »
It is not often that a token comes with a date, a denomination and two catalogue numbers. This is Lansen/Wells 89d and Scholten 1061 (Scholten does not distinguish metals), 20 cents 1890.

Lansen says the plantation was bought by H. Herrings at the time this token was made. This interesting German-speaking figure is seen in a big fight for the function of principal administrator of Deli Mij. an important plantation owning company in 1883. When he lost the fight in 1885, largely due to his own behaviour, he apparently set out to drive Deli Mij. out of business. He secured a number of tobacco plantations on the Sumatran North-East coast and insisted on shipping his production to Bremen, rather than Amsterdam. He also promoted tobacco plantations in German New Guinea. Lansen notes that his efforts were badly timed: tobacco prices plunged  in 1891 - 1894 and Herrings' empire suffered. Goerach Batoe was closed and lay fallow for a number years. In 1908, Herrings is involved in iron mining in Sumatra. He disappears from view afterwards.

From 1911 the plantation is moved from one company to another, but always remaining in the same hands and ending up as a rubber plantation, property of US Rubber, now Uniroyal. The ownership survived Japanese occupation and Indonesian independence. In 1986, the plantation was sold to P.T. Bakrie, an Indonesian company.

The pictures show some unidentified people, possibly Americans on the front platform of the main house of Goerach Batoe estate and an overview of the estate with what I think are small rubber trees (tobacco can be planted much more densely.)

Peter
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Re: Goerach Batoe plantation token
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2011, 08:19:30 PM »
Hello Figleaf,

Nice item. It's a nice token and also interesting that you placed some pictures and further information.
For more information about this kind plantation tokens see: www.plantagegeld.nl

Goerach Batoe made tokens with a lot of different denomination, see picture.

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Re: Goerach Batoe plantation token
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2011, 11:50:16 PM »
If you want to use any of the info, go ahead.It is all public domain. I think the pics are public domain too, but I don't have the means to make sure.

Peter
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