Coins and Australia - 1820 - Convict love tokens

Convict Love Token - 1820 - Mary

George Gadd, 30, butcher, was tried and convicted at Bristol City Quarter Sessions on 10 January 1820. He was caught in St Nicholas parish carrying a quarter of beef on his back. When questioned, he claimed he had been asked to carry it but did not know whom he had been asked to follow. He was sentenced to seven years' transportation. He sailed for New South Wales on the Shipley on 22 May 1820 and was then transferred to the Guilford in Sydney Cove on 4 October 1820. Gadd was granted a free certificate on 15 January 1827.



Head of a George III penny.


Token engraved with text and decorated with hearts on either side of the initials at the base, and a leaf decoration at the top:

Dear Mary
when this you
see think on me
when I am in a 
foreign country
Jany 10th 1820
G. G


36.0 mm

Copyright: National Museum of Australia

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