Convict love token (front)


Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

For the majority of convicts sent to Australia transportation meant life separation from family and friends. To ease the pain of departure many produced tokens as gifts, a practice that continued throughout the entire period of British transportation to Australia from 1788 to 1868. This 1795 Anglesea penny was engraved on both sides and features the inscribed names of the sweethearts William Moreton on the front and Hannah Gold on the reverse. It is also decorated with engravings of a rose and two hearts with an arrow.

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  • Title: Convict love token (front)
  • Date: 1795, 1795
  • Type: Token
  • Significance: This convict love token is representative of the experiences of forced separation on convicts sent to Australia during the late 18th century. It offers an insight into what it was like to be move to a distant land away from home and family.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Copper
  • Dimensions: 2 x 34 mm
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection

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