The colonization of Australia famously received boosts through periodic arrivals of convict transportation ships.
These ships brought thousands of English criminals to Australia (and the USA, it turns out), and rare folk art survives today from this period in the form of convict love tokens.
Convicts frequently carved coins into pieces of remembrance for the family left behind, and one such piece will be offered in Classical Numismatic Group’s Sept. 13 internet and mail bid sale.
The circa 1831 to 1832 bronze token measures 35.5 millimeters in diameter and weighs 23.25 grams, smaller than a Morgan dollar, and slightly lighter than an Eisenhower dollar.
The Reverse Proof American Buffalo, a model of marketing: Also in this week’s print issue, we explore a cluster of Lincoln cents found while searching two rolls and ponder their origin.
A man named Thomas Brownhill carved the piece, which depicts on its obverse a man standing, left, on shore, doffing hat, holding irons attached to his legs.
Also appearing on this side is the ship, and the man’s name, a reference to his age at the time of his conviction and the plea to FOR GET ME NOT.
The reverse is inscribed WHEN THIS/ YOU SEE REME /MBER ME THO/ BANISHED FROM/ MY COUNT/ RY.
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