Coins and Australia - 1817 - Convict love tokens

Convict Love Token - 1817 - Elijah Swainson

Elijah Swainson, 40, a law writer, was tried and convicted on 5 July 1817 for the assault and robbery of Thomas Taylor. Swainson and his two accomplices, William Drummond and Thomas Wainwright, were sentenced to death, but Swainson's conviction was later commuted to transportation for life. He sailed for New South Wales on the Batavia in October 1817. He died at Parramatta in 1827 aged 49.

Transcription

Back

Head of a George III penny, 1807.

Front

Token engraved with a border of leaves around the bottom half and rope or chain around the top, and three lines of text:

ELIJAH SWAINSON
CAST FOR DEATH
5th July 1817

Diameter

34.0 mm

Copyright: National Museum of Australia

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