Australia: Collector coins recall the country’s convict past with their “Rascals and Ratbags” series

January 11, 2018 in Coins, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins

By: Michael Alexander (Coin Update News)

The Royal Mint of Australia have released three new coins that highlight Australia’s unique past in which many convicts were transported to the continent from Great Britain as part of their penal sentences. Australia’s convicts were a mixed bunch, but their stories have helped to create contemporary Australia. Between 1788 and 1868, 162,000 convicts arrived in Australia and some of those were hardened criminals, whilst others were victims of poverty and desperation — or political rebels. The coins also mark the 230th anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788 and the 150th anniversary of the voyage of the Hougoumont,… Full article at the source>

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