Australia New South Wales
Dump, 15 Pence 1813 (AD)
Mira dies A/1
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.
Production continued into 1814 but no new dies for that date were cut.
A circular silver coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) bearing on the obverse a crown with the words around above, NEW SOUTH WALES; and the date below, 1813. The reverse featured the denomination FIFTEEN PENCE in two lines seperated by the engraver's initial H (on this example, wear has removed most of the lettering on the reverse)
At centre a crown, around above, NEW SOUTH WALES; below, 1813. The cross on top of the crown is symetrical and points between the letters TH of SOUTH.
Very worn - legend in two lines; FIFTEEN / PENCE . The words are 4.5 mm apart.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Obverse: NEW SOUTH WALES 1813 Reverse: FIFTEEN PENCE H (mostly worn away)
Type of item
19 mm (Outside Diameter), 5.448 g (Weight)
Mira dies A/1
[Book] Mira, William J. & Noble, W J. 1988. The Holey Dollars of New South Wales.