Convict love tokens
Convict love token in the form of a circular copper disc stipple-engraved with ornate decorative details and "JAMES / GODFREY / HANNAH / JONES" is impressed in a clear scroll-shaped area within a paisley-like pattern on side one, flanked by "T. BOULTON" in a smaller scroll on the left and "S. STEVENS" on the right. "WHEN IN CAPTIVITY / TIME GOETH / VERY SLOW BUT / FREE AS AIR / to roam how / quick the / time / does / go" is faintly impressed inside a clear shield-shaped area on side, which also has a paisley-like patterned floral border.
Convict Love Token collection no. 1
Convict love tokens, typically made of smoothed down coins and engraved or stippled with a message, provide a poignant, personal insight into the transportation system, as well as its transnational character. Also known as 'leaden hearts', the tokens stem from traditional sailors' farewells. Convict tokens were made for the whole of the Transportation period in New South Wales and Tasmania, with the majority produced during the 1820s and 1830s. As objects purposely made by or for convicts to give as mementoes, to be left behind when the prisoner was transported, the tokens are a unique part of the record of a convict's transportation experience.Place made