INDIA BURMA & CEYLON - 25

Automatic Machine Co (India)

A SouthAsian token used I assume in India, Burma & Ceylon which I am trying to confirm original usage and era. The two types with different numbers may indicate a numeric value of some quantity. This 25 and companion 1 token with Elephant are only a few % smaller in size than the corresponding US coin denominations. I suspect they are slot machine tokens from the WWII era, and made to operate equipment originally made to accept US coins.

SPECIFICATIONS
Denomination25 ?
AlloyCu-Ni
Diameter23.9 mm
Thickness1.5 mm
Weight4.89 gms
ShapeRound
EdgePlain
ibc25p_obverse ibc25p_reverse
Unidentified

Obverse : Carries image of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India with
AUTOMATIC MACHINE CO (INDIA) above along the periphery. Floral scroll at bottom.
Reverse : Has large 25 at center within a diamond with a leafy pattern outside each edge. The legend INDIA BURMA & CEYLON around it and J. H. SOMERVILLE in smaller font size at bottom along the periphery.

With 25 written on center it is very slightly smaller than a US 25 cents. It is non-magnetic and with copper-like toning is probably Cupro-Nickel (Confirmed by edxrf).

The origin of this token is being researched. It is not listed under Ceylon in Pridmore. What Automatic Machines and when. Why is Burma and Ceylon mentioned if an Indian Token.
If you identify it please send me E-mail.

The Automatic Machine Co (India) was formed on 30th March 1940 with address at P-96, Chowringhee Square, Calcutta, and ceased to exist by the mid 1970's. In all probability, these were slot machine tokens used by allied troops stationed in India, Burma and Ceylon during World War II.

The token was scanned at 400dpi and the images are displayed at 300 dpi. It was won on ebay in 2002 Oct from a UK dealer.