The Tin I collected was at an estate auction in Longford Tasmania settled 1807 by free settlers and convicts under the then assignment system in Tasmania at that time. Equals Free House Servants & Farm Hands for Free British settlers to the new colonies!! Probably a better alternative for convicts than being housed in a prison hulk on some muddy estuary in England. I searched for other period items but to no avail, damn. Paid a tad below 40 GBP out of pocket for my efforts. I do wonder who owned it and the story, I doubt I will ever know.
Frank Kelley wrote: Hello Paul,
I bought it many years ago from a church jumble sale, yes, not something you would find now, the coins are silver so they must have a value, even just for scrap.
kind regards Frank
I do believe these coins are sort after, once again suspect more so out here than in the UK. I was given a few by my grandmother on my dads side. She had a gold ZAR coin but do not know what happened to that?
So even in your school years you had foresight of a future investment
Frank Kelley wrote: Hello Brian
I have really no interest in coins at all, I just saw the tin and because it was so cheap I bought it, I knew what it was, I think I was still at school at the time.
"From a billow of the rolling veldt we looked back, and black columns were coming up behind us."