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Coin - Copper, California, United States of America, 1849 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 067428

This coin was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. It was struck in California in 1849.

Cultural diversity in Little Lon.
Little Lon was home to a diverse population. Germans, Jews and Irish arrived in the mid 19th century; Chinese, southern Europeans and Syrians (Lebanese) in the 1880s; and Italians in the 1890s. Immigrants sometimes brought objects with them to remind them of home, or purchased new items that re-affirmed national loyalties. Pipes, vases or plates were decorated with flags, military heroes, an Irish lyre or English roses. The amount of foreign currency excavated also attests to diversity of the immigrants who frequented Little Lon.
Small metal American coin or token. Obv. Eagle resting on twig inside a sem i-circle of stars "1849" on base of coin. Rev. Inscription reads: "Calif rnia Half Dollar" around rim, "model" in centre inside laurel wreath. ( alifornia Model Half Dollar) Good condition, very little oxidisation. 1.01
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 11.0 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: making history - little lonsdale street
Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Activity: currency
Trench Unit Number: 04/55/37
Inscriptions: Obverse: 1849
Reverse: California/ Model/ Half Dollar

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