British Machine Token

A British Machine brass token which I obtained from a dealer in Lanka.

Diameter21.2 mm
Thickness1.8 mm
Weight4.54 gms
mamco_obverse mamco_reverse
Lowsley #unlisted Pridmore #unlisted

Obverse : M.A.M.Co within a dash circle inside raised rim.
Reverse : same as obverse.

According to Mr Paul Baker this token is listed as Hayes-249 in book "British Machine Tokens" by Ralph Hayes, 1986. The book includes an image but does not give any info of issuer.

The weight is exactly 100 to the pound weight. The 21.2mm size of a U.S. 5 Cent coin is a popular size for this sort of tokon, which is probably from the 1920-1950 era.

It was listed within lot 298 of the 1995 Baldwin Auction of Dick Ford Collection, with the comment "Some perhaps of Ceylon" This has caused it to be wrongly identified as a Ceylon Coffee Token.

In 2012 May 14th, I wrote to Maxson Automatic Machine Company which was founded in 1912 but got no reply as yet.

The Dick Ford collection, Taisei-Baldwin-Gillio Auction Catalogue #19 1995 February 23. Singapore Auction

The VF grade token was scanned at 600 dpi and the images are displayed at 300 dpi. It was purchased in 2009 August from a dealer in Lanka.