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Love Token - 'TS', 'Love & Live Happy', Great Britain, circa 1800 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 14041

Love token made circa 1800 in Great Britain, with the inscriptions 'TS' and 'LOVE & LIVE HAPPY.

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.
Round token with words inscribed on each side.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Robert Edwards - Museum of Victoria, 1986
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 27 mm (Width), 27 mm (Length), 27 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.81 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: families, immigration, immigrant voyages, settlement, convicts, travel, love tokens
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Transport Collection, Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015, Immigration Museum
Primary Classification: TOKENS
Secondary Classification: Great Britain
Tertiary Classification: love tokens
Series: Love Tokens
DateEra: circa 1800 AD
Obverse Description: In floral script the letters "TS"
Reverse Description: LOVE / & LIVE / HAPPY
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
In floral script the letters "TS" (obverse)
LOVE / & LIVE / HAPPY (reverse)
Shape: round
Material: Copper
Issued By: England, Great Britain
Place & Date Made: England, Great Britain, circa 1800
  1. [Book], T Millett, M Field, Convict Love Tokens, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 1998

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