$1 2016 Convict Love Tokens - Gaol Bird

$1 2016 Convict Love Tokens - Gaol Bird

Regular Price $20.00


From 1788 to 1868 many British convicts were sentenced to transportation to Australia. While the sentences were normally for seven or fourteen years  returning home after this time was often impossible. 

Upon being transported the convicts farewelled their homes and loved ones causing deep anguish and loss which could never be undone. Love tokens came to be a way to maintain a sentimental bond between convict and loved one and became cherished souvenirs for those people left behind.

When convicts were being held in British prisons or hulks before transportation they would wear down large low denomination coins (typically the cartwheel penny) and engrave them with poetic love quotes their names sentencing dates and pleas to never forget them. Some were engraved by the convicts themselves while some prisons had established forgers who along with their tools of the trade became the resident token crafter.

Today many of these tokens take pride of place in museums and private collections as a testimony to the history love and craftsmanship they forever symbolise.

Struck by the Royal Australian Mint these three one dollar uncirculated coins are struck in antique copper for the very first time.

Refund policy


We will endeavour to deliver orders as quickly as possible but, please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery within Australia and 4-6 weeks overseas.

We require full payment with order, plus all shipping/postage charges before we dispatch any goods.

All shipping/postage (including insurance) costs are subject to change without notice.

Shipping charges for Australia is a flat fee of $8.50, except heavy items such as coin rolls, books, accessories and large quantities of coins and banknotes which will be charged at current Australia Post charges. We will advise you of these costs before shipping.

Overseas shipping charges as follows; orders up to 1kg;

  • South Pacific Zone 1 - $25.00
  • Asia Zone 2 - $28.00
  • Taiwan - $95.00
  • North & South America Zone 3 - $30.00
  • Europe Zone 4 - $35.00

Orders over 1 kilogram, please contact us for shipping and insurance charges.

All coins, banknotes and tokens are completely guaranteed for title and authenticity. We do offer refunds on all items, less all postage and insurance costs, if returned in original (undamaged) condition within 28 days of receipt, subject to conditions. We will replace any damaged item (if available) when returned to us in original packaging as supplied.
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