Coins and Australia - 1829 - Convict love tokens

Convict Love Token - 1829 - Catherine Harris

John Harris, 22, was tried and convicted on 16 April 1829 for housebreaking and the theft of 36 yards (33 metres) of trimming, 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms) of worsted linen, 20 pounds (9 kilograms) of cotton and 32 pieces of ribbon from John Towers of Spitalfields. Although he was initially sentenced to death, seven witnesses gave Harris character references and his sentence was commuted to transportation.



Token engraved with stippled cursive text; the first line curved around the top edge of the token:

John Harris to
Catherine Harris
Covicted on the 
16 of April


Token engraved with stippled cursive text; the last line curved around the bottom edge of the token:

This you se
Remember me
Until i gain my
A token from


36.0 mm

Copyright: National Museum of Australia

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