Front

Token engraved with several lines of text and a rough pattern of triangles scratched as a border. The word ‘FOR’ is in the centre of the coin and surrounded by a heart. There are also light scratches scored across the text:

YOUR
LOVER
LIVES FOR YOU
C.L
ONLY. TIL
DEATH

Back

Token engraved with lines of text and designs. The word ‘FOR’ is in the centre of the coin and surrounded by a heart crossed with two arrows. There is light scratching over the surface of the coin and some cross-hatched triangular designs on either side of the date at the bottom:

C.WILKINGSON
LAGD  FOR LIFE
AGED. 17
1824

Charles Wilkinson, 17, a collar grinder from Clerkenwell, was tried and convicted at the London Gaol Delivery for stealing a handkerchief valued at two shillings. Wilkinson and his accomplice William Parker were sentenced to transportation for life. Wilkinson sailed for Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the Lady East on 4 November 1824. Wilkinson also received a further seven-year sentence for stealing on 4 April 1829. He received a conditional pardon in 1842 and a free pardon in 1844.

Diameter: 36.0mm, thickness: 3.0mm. Object number: 2008.0039.0052

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