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Love Token - Ann Parkin, England, Great Britain, 1780 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 46378

Summary:
Love Token inscribed Ann Parkin, 1780 (AD). The token has been engraved on reverse of a George III halfpenny.

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.

About one third of migrants who came to Australia between 1830 and 1850 paid their own way. Convicts and settlers who came to Australia found that in comparison to Europe, conditions were very good and with hard work and determination they could prosper.
Description:
A round copper love token (30 mm) engraved on reverse of George III halfpenny. The obverse features a draped and laureate bust of the King facing right; around, GEORGIVS III REX. The reverse of the coin has been removed and engraved ANN / PARKIN / 1780 among leaves and lines
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Eric Wodak - Numismatics, 1983
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 30 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: families, immigration, immigrant voyages, settlement, convicts, travel, love tokens, beautifulchildren
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain - England
Tertiary Classification: love tokens
DateEra: 1780 AD
Obverse Description: Draped and laureate bust of the King facing right; around, GEORGIVS III REX.
Reverse Description: The reverse of the coin has been removed and engraved ANN / PARKIN / 1780 among leaves and lines.
Edge Description: The edge is plain
Inscriptions: GEORGIVS III REX
ANN PARKIN 1780
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: England, Great Britain
Place & Date Inscribed: England, Great Britain, 1780

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