Coins and Australia - 1819 - Convict love tokens

Convict Love Token - 1819 - William Franklin

William Franklin, 17, was tried for breaking and entering into a house in Bethnal Green and the theft of a watch. Both he and his accomplice Samuel Stanton, 17, were found guilty of stealing but not of breaking and entering. They were sentenced to six months' imprisonment at Newgate Prison from 23 June 1819. Both were whipped as part of their punishment.

Transcription

Back

Head of a George III penny.

Front

Token engraved with seven lines of text:

WM
FRANKLIN
COMMITTED
TO
NEWGATE
JUNE 23
1819

Diameter

36.0 mm

Copyright: National Museum of Australia

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