New South Wales 1813 Colonial Dump A1 Type VG

New South Wales 1813 Colonial Dump A1 Type VG

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NSW 1813 Dump (Fifteen Pence) - A/1 Type

The Holey Dollar and Dump are the only Australian coins which have had their ‘legal tender’ status removed or been ‘demonetised’.

Of the 40 000 original Spanish dollars the records indicate that around 39 910 survived the production process. 200 years later approximately 1 500 dumps have survived. Of those less than 1 000 are able to be identified the balance being worn beyond recognition. Little did Lachlan Macquarie Governor of the colony of NSW realise the legacy that these small coins would provide for future historians and numismatists.

Documentation on the method of manufacture used in the production of the dump has never been found. The method proposed is conjecture based on technology and tools available in the colony at the time. It is safe to assume that whatever machinery was employed it was hand operated as the first steam engine did not become operational in the colony until 1815. Likely production candidates are the screw press drop hammer or hand held punch with the drop hammer method onto a pre-heated plug generally regarded as the most likely.

On A/1 types a symmetrical cross at the top of the crown is positioned between the T and H in SOUTH above. The first pearl in the band on the crown touches the base while the last touches the top. On the reverse the words FIFTEEN and PENCE are 4.5mm apart with the upstroke of the T in FIFTEEN above the centre of the N in PENCE. All of the major design features show evidence of recutting or duplication.

Condition: Trace of original 8 reales coin VERY GOOD

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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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