• Code 280121-1

Rhodesia, British South Africa Company. Tax token

Brass. Oval, uniface. 26.5 x 21.5mm.  B. S. A. C. 1916-17 above and below N in centre.  Small stain, otherwise VF

In North Eastern Rhodesia, the Hut Tax was introduced in 1900, replacing the Poll Tax.  The Native Tax was raised to 5/- until 1919. In 1920, the Native Tax was raised to 10/- in the Eastern Districts.
Payment was originally acknowledged by a written receipt. However, after a initial trial in 1903, the Native Ordinance of 1904 was implemented where the tax was £1 per male adult and 10/- per polygamous wife (excluding the first wife).
Under Government Notice No.179, the Administrator was required to deliver to each taxpayer a metal token, usually brass or copper, as proof of payment. Tokens were issued either to an individual or in bulk to a village headman. The tokens were designed to be nailed to the door of the hut but were often worn around the neck. Shapes differed from year to year and two sizes were released: large for males and small for females.

The letter in the centre is a code for the particular district, but 'N' appears to be unrecorded.

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