Coins and Australia - 1839 - Convict love tokens

Convict Love Token - 1839 - Jane Arnold

John Haddon, 25, was tried and convicted at the Leicester Borough Quarter Sessions for obtaining goods under false pretences, having pretended to be John Haddon, publican, also of Leicester, by producing a forged request for two gallons of brandy from the local wine vaults. He was sentenced to 14 years' transportation. He sailed for New South Wales (together with William Brain), on the Barossa, arriving on 8 December 1839. Following a colonial charge of larceny in 1850, his ticket of leave was restored in 1851 for the district of Maitland.



Token with stippled diamond border and stippled cursive text:

A token
of . Respect . or
A . Keep Sake for
Jane . Arnold
Aged . 20 . 


Token with stippled diamond (and one heart) pattern around the border and stippled cursive text:

John . Had
don . Aged 25 for
14 years Leicester


36.0 mm

Copyright: National Museum of Australia

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