Love token made circa 1800 in Great Britain, with the inscriptions 'TS' and 'LOVE & LIVE HAPPY.
Love tokens were often commissioned by convicts before they were transported to Australia, as a memento for their loved ones. Itinerant engravers visited the prisons and hulks, finding a ready market for these tokens, which were made to order from smoothed-down coins.
Love tokens are evidence of the British Government's attitude to law and order and treatment of indentured labourers in a strict Government 'Assignment System' which provided cheap labour for the expanding British empire during the 1700s and 1800s.
About one third of migrants who came to Australia between 1830 and 1850 paid their own way. Convicts and settlers who came to Australia found that in comparison to Europe, conditions were very good and with hard work and determination they could prosper.
Round token with words inscribed on each side.
In floral script the letters "TS"
LOVE / & LIVE / HAPPY
Donation from Mr Robert Edwards - Museum of Victoria, 1986
circa 1800 AD
Place & Date Made
Plain (edge) In floral script the letters "TS" (obverse) LOVE / & LIVE / HAPPY (reverse)
Type of item
Exhibition Collection Management
27 mm (Length), 27 mm (Width), 5.81 g (Weight)
[Book] Field, M & Millett, T. 1998. Convict Love Tokens.