Australia New South Wales
Dump, 15 Pence 1813 (AD)
Mira dies C/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 with the words (much worn) around above, NEW SOUTH WALES; and the date below, 1813. The reverse originally featured the denomination FIFTEEN PENCE in two lines with the engraver's initial H between but this is largely worn.

Obverse Description

At centre a crown, around (much worn) above, NEW SOUTH WALES; below, 1813

Reverse Description

Originally the legend in two lines; FIFTEEN / PENCE but worn

Edge Description


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