Some were hardened criminals, whilst others were victims of poverty and desperation, or political rebels.
From a hard life of labour, symbolised by the Broad Arrow and the chain which is featured in the coin design, many convicts went on to gain their freedom and make new lives in Australia. Some went on to build extraordinary lives of fame, fortune or infamy, and the packaging of these coins features individual characters who made their mark on our historical past. The actions of the convicts, and their interactions with Indigenous Australians, helped create the history of Australia.
In times past, the descendants of convicts were reluctant to acknowledge their ancestors but since the Bicentenary celebrations of 1988, which brought renewed interest in Australia’s convict history, having a convict ancestor is now seen as a badge of honour.
Four-coin uncirculated set includes a full set of ‘C’, ‘S’, ‘B’ and ‘M’ mintmarks/privy marks
Coin’s reverse features a stylistic illustration of Australia in the shape of a tree, with the chain and Broad Arrow at the roots
Packaged on a four-coin presentation card