1858 R J C (R. J. Corbet)
¾ Bushel - G G K (Gon Galla Kanda)

Tokem issued by R. J. Corbet for use in the Coffee Estate in Gon Galla Kanda.
Denomination pence
Diameter22.6 mm
Thickness1.4 mm
Weight4.29 gms
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Pridmore Unlisted #P23a
Obverse : R J C
(R. J. Corbet) within a beaded circle inside raised rim.
Reverse : G G K
(Gon Galla Kanda) within a beaded circle inside raised rim.

R. J. Corbet was a well known and leading Ceylon planter. The token was issued for the Gongalla Kanda coffee estate in the Kotmale District which covered about 788 acres. Corbet served as a Member of the Legislative Council and was a Chairman of the Planters Association. On the 1st September 1877 he filed in the District Court at Colombo, the historical case of Corbet V The Ceylon Co., Ltd., for the recovery of Rs. 300,000 damages and to obtain a full and detailed account of the agency of the estates and to recover possession of the estates known as Menickwatte, Wanarajah, Kolapatama, Gongalla, Devon, Redigama and Ettrick Forest, the whole being of an aggregate value of Rs. 1,500,000, and costs. After 12 years litigation the final judgement was given in April 1888, in favour of the plaintiff with costs.

The ¾ Bushel denomination is unlisted in Remick and Pridmore. Similar 1 Bushel Token is Listed in Pridmore (#23) but Pridmore had only a Rubbing not shown in Catalog.

see also R. J. Corbet (R J C) Kolapatena (K P) 1 Bushel token

* The Coins of British Commonwealth of Nations to the end of the reign of George VI 1952 Part 2 - Asian Territories by F. Pridmore Spink & Son Ltd., 1965. Tokens

This rare coffee token is scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 300 dpi. It was obtained via Lalith Radella, from a dealer in Sri Lanka.