South Africa

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  • Issued between 1857-1899

In 1857 the Union Steamship Company were awarded the mail contract between the UK and South Africa. In 1876 a joint mail contract with the Castle Line was awarded by The Cape Colonial Government. The contract included a condition that the two companies would not amalgamate, this contract expired in 1899, and after much political manoeuvring, finally, on 8 March 1900, the Union Line and Castle Shipping Line merged, creating the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company, Ltd

  • Although the tokens are inscribed with the word "Southampton", they are according to Mr. Day in the S.A.N. Journal No. 3, "thought to have been used exclusively in Cape Town". Information from Tokens of Southern Africa and Their History, Dr. G. P. Theron
Union S.S. Comp. tokens
USC001.jpg
Material Cu-ni
Filename USC001
Description UNION S.S. COMP. LTD. SOUTHAMPTON
Rev. 2D
Size (mm) 16
Source © malj1 collection
Notes
USC002.jpg
Material Cu-ni
Filename USC002
Description UNION S.S. COMP. LTD. SOUTHAMPTON
Rev. 3D
Size (mm) 19
Source © malj1 collection
Notes
USC003.jpg
Material Cu-ni
Filename USC003
Description UNION S.S. COMP. LTD. SOUTHAMPTON
Rev. 6D
Size (mm) 21
Source British Museum # 2009,4007.438
Notes
USC004.jpg
Material Cu-ni
Filename USC004
Description UNION S.S. COMP. LTD. SOUTHAMPTON
Rev. 1/- (0ne shilling)
Size (mm) 23
Source British Museum # 2009,4007.439
Notes