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Coin - 1 Centime, Switzerland, 1853 Reg. No: LL 075166
- This 1 centime coin from Switzerland was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003.
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.
- Coin. 1 centime? (probably not a Franc) - (rev.) 'HELVETIA ....1853" SWISS CROSS in shield with foliage behind. (obv.) Laurel wreath surrounding "1" SWISS. 12mm (dia.)
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from Heritage Victoria, 2005
|Discipline:||Archaeology - Historical|
|Dimensions:||16 mm (Width), 01 mm (Length)|
|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|
|Trench Unit Number:||27/21/02|
|Inscriptions:||(obv) Laurel wreath surrounding '1', (rev) 'HELVECTIA...1853', a Swiss cross in a shield with foliage behind
(rev.) HELVETIA ....1853