Coins and Australia - 1820 - Convict love tokens

Convict Love Token - 1820 - Samuel Phillips

Samuel Phillips, 21, labourer, was tried and convicted at the Bristol Quarter Sessions on 2 May 1820 for stealing a watch. He was sentenced to 14 years' transportation. Phillips's record states that his conduct on board the hulk was orderly. His physical description notes a tattoo of a mermaid on his left arm. Phillips sailed for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Juliana on 3 September 1820, arriving on 28 December 1820. He had received his ticket of leave by 1830 and was granted a free certificate on 24 September 1835.



Head of an Anglesea penny token, worn down so that the features are barely visible.


Token engraved with text and decorated at the top with a heart pierced with a horizontal arrow, and with a number of stars sprinkled around the text:

Dear Sister
from your un-
fortunate brother
Saml Phillips
May 2nd


33.0 mm

Copyright: National Museum of Australia

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