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Offline Kushi

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Kenya Plantation Tokens
« on: September 29, 2014, 01:42:54 PM »
Admittedly I know very little about the subject, but I have never heard of plantation tokens from Kenya. Indeed there were quite a few tea an coffee farms from about 1900, but I have never encountered even a report of tokens used on these labor-heavy enterprises.

Today, I was reading Spring in Eternity by Ora Hirshfeld. A good portion of the book relates the author's childhood in Kenya and includes the following on page 126.

"The workers received a token for each filled petrol drum, and at the end of the day, received their payment according to the number of tokens that had accumulated over that day."

The reference is to four-gallon petrol tins filled with deep-red, Arabica coffee berries.

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Re: Kenya Plantation Tokens
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2014, 02:15:44 PM »
It could well be as there were several plantations close by in German East Africa perhaps the best known of these is the Prinz Heinrich Plantations. See Schimmel pps 83-89

This has been mentioned here on WoC but  search is unable to find it.
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Re: Kenya Plantation Tokens
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2014, 02:22:27 PM »
I believe the period referred to in the book was the 1950's and the farm was in the Kiambu district, about five miles north of Nairobi.

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Re: Kenya Plantation Tokens
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2014, 02:44:58 PM »
See Households and historical change on plantations in Kenya

....The coffee zone is in the Kiambu and Murang'a districts of Central Province, the tea zone in the Kericho district of Rift Valley Province. Coffee and tea arc grown on a large scale in these areas....

No mention of tokens found though.  ;D
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Re: Kenya Plantation Tokens
« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2014, 05:54:22 PM »
The only plantation token of Kenya I have is from KLAND. Until now I did not find anything about it. But this one is definitely different from those coffee tokens, as it has a fixed worth (5 Cents) of money and so it is not a talley-like token.

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Re: Kenya Plantation Tokens
« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2014, 08:27:21 PM »
May I ask for a reference in numismatic literature and/or some background information on the KLAND token? Also, what is the size?

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Re: Kenya Plantation Tokens
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2014, 09:48:11 PM »
1. no reference in literature
2. the only "background information" is, this token was found years ago in Kenya and was brought to Germany by a friend of a friend
3. 29.0 mm

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Re: Kenya Plantation Tokens
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2020, 06:25:22 PM »
Token Corresponding Society, Bulletin of Dec 2007