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Offline Figleaf

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South African token, East London
« on: August 04, 2008, 09:11:36 PM »
Copper, 5.6 gr., 25,1 mm. This may be the best known South African token and it's dated. What makes this ferry token special is that the ferry has its web pages. Make sure you read about ferryman Billy Button :)

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Re: South African token, East London
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2008, 09:30:58 PM »
What makes this ferry token special

I do not really know. But you are right. This token is one of the most common tokens of South Afrika. The story of Billy Button was new for me. Thanks a lot for this link!

There were some more transport tokens of East London, not for the ferry but for the tramway. They wer made from celluloid. Like some pics?

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Re: South African token, East London
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2008, 09:36:01 PM »
I asume ELM stands for East London Municipality. Wonderful addition, muenz-goofy. Thanks.

Did you notice the style of the ones on each of these tokens?

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Re: South African token, East London
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2008, 09:51:15 PM »
Unfortunately I posted the red tramway token of East London twice. I do not know how to delete one of the pics.

For anyone, who is interested:

The bronze ferry token is listed in Hern#178a resp. Smith#320a, the tramway tokens are Hern#180a resp. 320AB (red) and Hern#180b resp. Smith#320AA (blue).

That's all for today. See you tommorow!

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Re: South African token, East London
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2008, 10:03:42 PM »
I asume ELM stands for East London Municipality. Wonderful addition, muenz-goofy.

That's right. ELM stands for East London Municipality. But as I see now I made a mistake regarding the references of the plastic tokens.
Everything on the red one is ok, because there is only one red token of East London reported. But the blue one I posted is Hern#180c not "b". Smith does not discriminate both blue items. Both are Smith#320AA. But Hern says that the one I posted is Hern#180c. The difference to "b" is the size of the denomination.

Sorry for that mistake.

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Re: South African token, East London
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2014, 05:40:52 AM »
Copper, 5.6 gr., 25,1 mm. This may be the best known South African token and it's dated. What makes this ferry token special is that the ferry has its web pages. Make sure you read about ferryman Billy Button :)

Peter

The old link given is now broken; A new page can be seen here

The tokens are dated 1880 although passengers still had to pay 3d until October 1882 [and a shilling for night crossings] when the fare was reduced to 1d for day crossings of the Buffalo River which divided suburbs from the main town.

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