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Love Token - Plenty & Britannia, King George III, England, Great Britain, 1797 Reg. No: NU 44698
- Love token depicting a young woman (Plenty) with a bird on the obverse and the figure representing Britannia on the reverse. Made from a 1797 penny coin.
Love tokens were often commissioned by convicts before they were transported to Australia, as a memento for their loved ones. Itinerant engravers visited the prisons and hulks, finding a ready market for these tokens, which were made to order from smoothed-down coins.
Love tokens are evidence of the British Government's attitude to law and order and treatment of indentured labourers in a strict Government 'Assignment System' which provided cheap labour for the expanding British empire during the 1700s and 1800s.
- Coin with original obverse of George III removed. Design shows a young woman holding scales and a possibly a wheel with a cornucopia under one arm, with a bird with outstretched wings. Decorative floral background. Reverse shows Britannia. The reverse is damaged in the centre.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||35 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||25.84 g (Weight)|
|Tagged with:||families, immigration, immigrant voyages, settlement, convicts, travel, love tokens|
|Themes this item is part of:||Eugene von Guerard Collection, Eugene von Guerard, Artist (1811-1901), Numismatics & Philately Collection|
|On Display at:||Melbourne Museum|
|Secondary Classification:||Great Britain - England|
|Tertiary Classification:||love tokens|
|Obverse Description:||Young woman (Plenty) holding scales and a wheel (?) with a cornucopia under one arm, with a bird with outstretched wings. Decorative floral background.|
|Reverse Description:||Britannia seated left holding branch and trident, ship on horizon at left.
Text around rim 'BRITANNIA 1797', incuse on raised rim.
|Issued By:||King George III, England, Great Britain, 1797|
|Mint:||Soho (Mint), Birmingham, England, Great Britain, 1797|
|Previous Collection:||Eugene von Guerard, pre 1880|