Coins and Australia - 1825 - Convict love tokens

Convict Love Token - 1825 - M Flinn

Michael Williams (alias Flinn), 24, was tried and convicted along with Henry Williams (alias Martin), 28, and Frederick Williams, 21, on 16 September 1825 for the theft of a tea chest containing 90 pounds (41 kilograms) of tea worth £20 from the wharves at Queenhithe Dock in the City of London. Despite producing character witnesses, the men were sentenced to death. This was later commuted to transportation for life, and the three sailed for New South Wales on the Marquis of Huntley on 10 May 1826.

Transcription

Back

Token engraved with cursive text, with a curving feathered line at the base:

A
token of true love
when this you se
remember me

Front

Token engraved with cursive text:

M Flinn
aged 25
cast for death
september 16
1825

Diameter

36.0 mm

Copyright: National Museum of Australia

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