Front

Head of a George III penny.

Back

Token engraved with a flowerpot and leaves at the base and stars at the top, and nine lines of text:

Dear Ch[a]lott
when this you see
Remember me
and bear me in 
your mind let all
the world say what
thay will spak of 
me as you find
R * HoKlay 1834

Richard Oakley, 24, Richard Turner, 26, and Henry Rye, 20, were tried and convicted at Kent, Sandwich Session of Peace and Gaol Delivery in August 1834. These three tokens are identical in style. The evidence suggests that the three men were all involved in the same case, listed for Oakley as ‘breaking into a counting house and stealing — and larceny’. Oakley and Rye were sentenced to 14 years’ transportation. Turner was acquitted after evidence was admitted suggesting that he may have informed against Oakley and Rye. Oakley sailed for New South Wales on the Mary Ann on 6 July 1835. Rye sailed for Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) on the Norfolk on 12 May 1835.

Diameter: 36.0mm, thickness: 3.0mm. Object number: 2008.0039.0155

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