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431559
  • Title
    Holey dollar and dump, first distinct coinage of New South Wales, 1813
  • Call number
    SAFE/R 277a
    SAFE/R 277b
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1813 (created from a Spanish dollar minted in 1773)
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    431559
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    Objects - 40.35 mm. - dollar diameter, 16.55 mm. - hole diameter; 18.8 mm. - dump diameter - very fine (dollar) and extremely fine (dump) condition; dollar and dump may not be from the same original - 2 silver coins
  • Scope and Content
    277a. Holey dollar
    277b. Dump
  • Source
    Bequeathed by Sir William Dixson, 1952 These items have been preserved and digitised as part of the Nelson Meers Foundation Benefaction, 2003
  • Access Conditions

    Access to this pictures collection via appointment only. Please submit your request through Ask a Librarian
  • General note

    In Nov. 1812, 40 000 Spanish dollars arrived in Sydney Cove on the Sloop of War "Samarang", from Madras, purchased by the English Government through the East India Company. Governor Macquarie had a circular disc punched from the centre of each dollar. The outer ring and dump were counterstamped with the name of the colony and the new value - five shillings for the holey dollar and 15 pence for the dump. In 1813 Macquarie issued a proclamation to establish the holey dollar and dump. These became the first distinct coins of the colony. Source: Coinage & currency in New South Wales 1788-1827 / WJD Mira. [Sydney]: Metropolitan Coin Club of Sydney, c.1981
    Digital order no:Album ID : 825709
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