Australia Issues Historical “Convict Love Tokens” Series

April 5, 2016 in Australian Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Copper, Copper Coins, Dollar Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Royal Australian Mint, World Coins

By: Coin Update (Coin Update News)

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The Royal Australian Mint has issued a series of coins recalling the “convict love tokens” of the 18th and 19th centuries, which were given to families in England after loved ones were banished to Australia and elsewhere following criminal convictions.

The National Museum of Australia has the world’s largest collection of these pieces and provides the following overview of their historical context:

Smoothing and engraving a coin with a message of affection was one of the few ways a convict could leave a memento behind with loved ones in England before being transported. These small tokens are also… Full article at the source>

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