Coins and Australia - 1834 - Convict love tokens

Convict Love Token - 1834 - George Brown

This token may relate to John Hobbs, 23, labourer and weaver, convicted at the Middlesex Sessions on 22 September 1834 for stealing from a dwelling house. He was sentenced to transportation for life, and sailed for Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) on the Mangles on 24 April 1835. Hobbs's record describes him as measuring 5 feet 3¾ inches (1.6 metres), with a fresh complexion and hazel eyes. The style of token is very similar to that of Edward Kershaw.

Transcription

Back

Token with an engraved shield or coat of arms on it, bearing  text along the lower edges:

JOHN . HOBBS
GEO BROWN

Front

Token with a decorative garland of fir branches and a pinecone shape at the top, and another leafy garland at the base. Engraved with cursive text:

1834
Farewell a long
farewell my
Country's exile

Diameter

34.0 mm

Copyright: National Museum of Australia

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