Australia New South Wales
Dump, 15 Pence 1813 (AD)
Mira dies D/2

In 1813 Governor Lachlan Macquarie overcame an acute shortage of currency by arranging for the purchase of Spanish silver dollars, having the centres punched out and therein creating two new coins - the 'Holey Dollar' (valued at five shillings) and the 'Dump' (valued at one shilling and three pence). The work was carried out by William Hanshall, a convict transported for forgery.

Physical Description

A circular silver coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) bearing on the obverse a crown originally with the words around above, NEW SOUTH WALES; and the date below, 1813 - but worn off on this example. The reverse features the denomination FIFTEEN PENCE in two worn lines.

Obverse Description

At centre a crown, originally around above, NEW SOUTH WALES and below, 1813 but worn off on this example

Reverse Description

Legend in two lines; FIFTEEN / PENCE (worn)

Edge Description


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