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Coin - Copper, circa 1880 Archaeology Reg. No: LL 79626

Summary:
This coin or token was excavated at the Commonwealth Block site between 1988 and 2003. The inscription indicates that it is probably French.

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.
Description:
Copper coin/ token. About the size of a small penny. (obv) Eagle with raised wings, tips down. Some lettering visible, reads '...NCAIS...IK...'. Possivbly means Francais but not certain. Diameter 31mm.
Discipline: Archaeology - Historical
Dimensions: 28 mm (Width), 02 mm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Width = Diameter

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Themes this item is part of: Little Lon, Little Lon Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Secondary Classification: (To Be Classified)
Tertiary Classification: (to be classified)
Activity: Currency
Trench Unit Number: 18/02/18
Inscriptions: Inscription on obverse: '...NCAIS...IK...' (Possibly means Francais)

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