Coin (reverse), five shilling piece, or holey dollar

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from New South Wales, 1813

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Coin (reverse), five shilling piece, or holey dollar

This is the reverse of an 1813 silver five shilling piece from New South Wales in Australia. Also known as a 'holey' dollar, the coin was originally a Spanish dollar of Charles IV.

While the reverse has a Latin inscription around the edge for Charles IV, the border around the stamped-out hole is inscribed 'Five Shillings'.

Counter-stamped dollars were captured foreign coins, counter-stamped and reissued to make up for the shortage of official coinage.

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Online ID: 000-190-000-089-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1935.718
Date: 1813
Material: Silver; a circular hole in the centre. Inscription: Obv. NEW SOUTH WALES 1813; around edge of hole / Rev. FIVE SHILLINGS; around edge of hole
Dimensions: 40.00 mm D
What: Coin, 5 shilling piece / holey dollar
Subject: European Coin Collection
Who: Charles IV of Spain
Where: Australia, New South Wales
Description: Silver 5 shilling piece or holey dollar, Australia, New South Wales, 1813
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