The National Museum of Australia has 314 convict love tokens in its collection. These tokens were made by convicts around the time of their sentencing and were given to friends and loved ones as mementos.

What is a convict love token?

Read more about the collection

Token engraved with cursive text:

Dear John
take not this
amiss for your
unfortunate
Brother has
sent you
this

Tim Hitchcock says:

There is an almost precisely similar token for Thomas Spicer in the Museum of London - https://collections....

View this comment

Paul Ware says:

Such was Georgian/ Victorian justice.. Token looks like it was almost done by a professional engraver? Poss...

View this comment

Justin McLoughlin says:

I think it’s so sad that these people of many aches are being sent to another country away from there loved...

View this comment

April says:

Hi Paul Yes you could be right? I have a few sailors love tokens in my collection and to my knowledge the m...

View this comment