Tokem issued by R. J. Corbet for use in the Coffee Estate in Kolapatena
|Lowsley #Unlisted Pridmore #P23a|
|Obverse :||R J C|
|(R. J. Corbet) within a beaded circle inside raised rim.|
|Reverse :||K P|
|(Kolapatena) 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.
This token listed in Remick is Unlisted in Pridmore. See also variety R. J. Corbet (R J C) | Gon Galla Kanda (G G K) ¾ BUSHELL Token Only 1 Bushel listed in Pridmore (#23) for which he had only a Rubbing.
* 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 token is ex Dick Ford Collection (1995 Feb 23 Taisei-Baldwin-Gillio Auction#19 lot #267). Images from 2007 July 25 Noble Auction#85 lot 2297. ex Robert Climpson Collection. displayed at 250 dpi. Sold in 1995 US$170+10%, 2007 AU$320+16.5%.