1859 - A & B Scott & Co, Colombo
Coffee Store, Borella Mills.

A Brass Token struck in Birmingham in 1859 for company Alex & Binney Scott founded around 1854 for use in the Borella Mills.
SPECIFICATIONS
Denomination6.0 pence
AlloyBrass
Diameter29.0 mm
Thickness1.7 mm
Weight7.45 gms
ShapeRound
EdgeMilled
DieAxis
Issue
1859_ab_scott_co_obverse 1859_ab_scott_co_reverse
Lowsley #2 Pridmore #88 Mitchiner #2245

Obverse : A&B.SCOTT&CO.
COLOMBO
along periphery inside raised rim at center: a stag's head on a scroll bar.
Reverse :COFFEE STORE
1859
along periphery inside raised rim at center: an elephant facing left standing on a scroll.

These tokens were valued at 6 pence untill the currency reform of 1870, then re-valued to 25 cents. This is probably the first Coffee token minted with a date of issue.

A. & B. SCOTT & Co.Founded around 1854 the firm Alex & Binney Scott held the important agency for the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, one of the earliest banks to establish an agency in Colombo. The token was struck by Ralph Heaton & Sons, Birmingham, and was used in the Borella Mills. The firm merged back with the parent firm Alston Scott & Co in 1871 and the mill sold to Carson Morris & Co was pulled down in 1883.

Reference
* Coins and Tokens of Ceylon, Lieut. Col B. Lowsley, Num. Chron. Sr III Vol. XV, 1895.
* 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
* Oriental Coins AD 600 - 1979 by Michael Mitchiner (#2245)

The coin was scanned at 300dpi and the images are displayed at 200dpi.
The very fine condition coin was purchased in August 1998 from a dealer in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.