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Tokens of New Guinea
« on: August 22, 2017, 03:39:26 AM »
The Head Tax Discs.

The Territory of New Guinea Head Tax Discs, all are in aluminium with a diameter of 35mm.
From the beginning of the Australian Mandate period [1921-42] the tax was fixed at 10/-. The government patrol official, having previously advised the village chiefs, went to the native villages to collect the tax from each male villager and handed out these discs as a receipt. This was maintained until the Japanese invasion in 1942 which caused their cessation.

These two discs were seen on eBay recently along with another.

I now have four years of the Head tax tokens all uniface aluminium 35mm.
Malcolm
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Re: Tokens of New Guinea
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2019, 10:05:24 AM »
I recently purchased these two tokens from a guy who worked out in PNG in the 1970's

Thank you to malj1 for supplying the following information:

"Prior to WW1 the Germans had collected the head tax c1903 on, and then when the Australian military took charge in 1914 they too collected the head tax at various rates. The issue of the aluminium tokens commenced in 1921 through to the Japanese occupation in 1942.
Type 1 for 1925-6 is the only date seen but the other dates should exist.

Type 2  ran from 1926-27 to 1930-1 these omit the crown shown on yours.

Type 3 are the round ones and were not holed when issued."

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Re: Tokens of New Guinea
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2019, 10:25:05 AM »
Its the first type 1 token that I have seen.  8)

With the type 3 the legend spacing has been improved on the later issues so that the hole can be drilled into the top without affecting the letters. On the later ones there is also an indication of a mark  for the hole to be drilled through. (See the 1936-1937 above)
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Re: Tokens of New Guinea
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2020, 03:50:03 AM »
Hello Supercell
Would you be able to provide some details on the 1925-26 token?
Interested to know its diameter and thickness, it looks like a token was pressed, assume it is very light as well

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Re: Tokens of New Guinea
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2020, 10:18:50 AM »
Hi, I'm back!!! Sorry about the radio silence.
I have just dug the token out of the safe.  It is 35mm in diameter and 1.5mm thick. Pressed into aluminium with the back concave. Embossed if you like. with the raised bit on one side being recessed on the other. Hope that makes sense.

I've ticked the notify me of replies, so if you have any other questions, i'll do my best to answer them.
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Supercell

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Re: Tokens of New Guinea
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2020, 03:10:33 PM »
Hi Supercell,
Thanks for the additional information on the Type 1 issue.
I sent a PM (hopefully) with a query on weight, otherwise the size and thickness appears the same as teh type 2 & 3 issues.
Thanks tjj67

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Re: Tokens of New Guinea
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2020, 09:49:09 PM »
Hi Yes, Both are the same thickness. I've remeasured both tokens with a vernier and they are 35.5mm in diameter. 1.5mm thick.

I can email you high res photos if you like.
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Rick