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Coin - 15 Pence, Dump, New South Wales, Australia, 1813 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 3251

Australia New South Wales
Dump, 15 Pence 1813 (AD)
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.
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 featured the denomination FIFTEEN PENCE in two lines with the engraver's initial H between
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 19 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.619 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
Reverse Description: Legend in two lines; FIFTEEN PENCE
Edge Description: milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: NEW SOUTH WALES 1813
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: New South Wales, Australia, 1813
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

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