The Rum Rebellion postal numismatic cover

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The Rum Rebellion postal numismatic cover

6973401
$ 17. 95
The Rum Rebellion postal numismatic cover is highly collectable, featuring a pictorial envelope with the postage paid image and a coin from the Royal Australian Mint. View details
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The Rum Rebellion postal numismatic cover is highly collectable, featuring a pictorial envelope with the postage paid image and a coin from the Royal Australian Mint. The postage paid image is postmarked - 13 June 2019 | Sydney NSW 2000

PNC Issue: 2019 Issue 22, limited to 6,500

Coin details
  • Issue date: 13 June 2019
  • Mint: Royal Australian Mint
  • Metal: AlBr
  • Denomination: $1
  • Weight: 9g
  • Diameter: 25mm
  • Finish: Uncirculated
  • Designer: A Ball

Only once has there been a military coup in Australia: the deposing of Governor William Bligh on 26 January 1808, which years later became known as the “Rum Rebellion”. Sydney Cove had been established as a garrison town in 1788, the NSW Corps in place to support the governor of the penal settlement. With little infrastructure or stable currency in the colony, the corps soon came to monopolise trade, with rum a key object of barter and drunkenness rife. In 1806, Britain appointed William Bligh as the fourth governor of NSW, to bring order to the unruly colony. A naval man and disciplinarian, he was soon in conflict with civil and army powerbrokers, particularly former officer John Macarthur. Bligh attempted to have Macarthur tried over a trading ship, but was faced with a rebellion led by Commanding Officer George Johnston, who marched his men to Government House to arrest and depose the governor. It is likely apocryphal that Bligh was found hiding under his bed. The colony remained under military control until the appointment of Lachlan Macquarie in 1810, who arrived with his own regiment to replace the “Rum Corps”.

Cover and card images: John Eyre, First Government House, c. 1807 (front) and unknown artist, The Arrest of Governor Bligh, 1808 (card), State Library of NSW, SV/31 & IE3203670; Alexander Huey, Rear-Admiral William Bligh, 1814

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