Coins and Australia - 1819 - Convict love tokens

Convict Love Token - 1819 - Mary

This token may relate to Thomas Jones, 16, shoemaker, who was tried and convicted at the Middlesex Gaol Delivery on 17 February 1819 for the theft of a shawl from John Brown's draper's shop on the corner of Parliament Street, Whitehall, on 2 February 1819. He was sentenced to seven years' transportation. Jones sailed for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Guilford on 12 May 1820. Jones's indent records that he measured 5 feet 3 ½ inches (1.6 metres), had dark hair and a fair to ruddy complexion. Jones appears to have made tokens for two people: this one for Mary, and one for his brother John.

Transcription

Back

Token engraved with cursive text:

When
this you see
Remember me
when I am
far away
T Jones
March 1
1819

Front

Token engraved with cursive text:

Dear
Mary take
not this amiss
for your well
wisher has
sent you
this My
Js

Diameter

36.0 mm

Copyright: National Museum of Australia

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