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.
A circular silver coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) much worn but originally 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 with the engraver's initial H between
At centre a crown, around above, NEW SOUTH WALES; below, 1813 - mostly worn away
Legend in two lines; FIFTEEN PENCE mostly worn away.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Obverse: NEW SOUTH WALES 1813 Reverse: FIFTEEN PENCE H
Type of item
19 mm (Outside Diameter), 5.397 g (Weight)
Mira A/1 ?
[Book] Mira, William J. & Noble, W J. 1988. The Holey Dollars of New South Wales.