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Coin - 15 Pence, Dump, New South Wales, Australia, 1813 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3220

Australia New South Wales Sydney
Dump, 15 Pence 1813
Ref. Mira dies A/1

In 1813 Governor Lachlan Macquarie overcame an acute shortage of currency by arranging for the purchase of Spanish silver dollars, having the centres punched out and therein creating two new coins - the 'Holey Dollar' (valued at five shillings) and the 'Dump' (valued at one shilling and three pence). The work was carried out by William Hanshall, a convict transported for forgery.

Production continued into 1814 but no new dies for that date were cut.
A circular silver coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) bearing on the obverse a crown with the words around above, NEW SOUTH WALES; and the date below, 1813. The reverse features the denomination FIFTEEN PENCE in two lines seperated by the engraver's initial H
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 19 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.513 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: economics, european settlement of australia, holey dollars
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia - New South Wales
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Holey Dollar
DateEra: 1813 AD
Denomination: 15 Pence
Obverse Description: At centre a crown, around above, NEW SOUTH WALES; below, 1813. The cross on top of the crown is symetrical and points between the letters TH of SOUTH.
Reverse Description: Legend in two lines; FIFTEEN / PENCE with artist's initial, a tiny letter H between. The words are 4.5 mm apart
Edge Description: milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: NEW SOUTH WALES 1813
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1813-1814
Artist: William Henshall
References: Mira dies A/1
  1. [Book], W Noble - Noble Numismatics, Dr William Mira, The Holey Dollars of New South Wales, Australian Numismatic Society, Sydney, 1988


jeremy potts Posted on 25 Feb 2014 2:31 PM
Ive got that coin very good condition but has the word copy under neath fifteen pence

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