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5 Pounds 2010 // Celebration of Britain // Equiano - Tolerance
« on: October 25, 2017, 09:47:44 AM »
Dear numismatists,

The date 'January the 24th, 1825' was mentioned on this coin (https://coin-brothers.com/catalog/coin4108) together with the phrase 'Abolition of slavery British Dominion'. I did not find any links between Slavery Abolition in the UK or Olaudah Equiano personally and this particular date.

Do you have any ideas?
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Re: 5 Pounds 2010 // Celebration of Britain // Equiano - Tolerance
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2017, 10:02:15 AM »
Read Wikipedia: Olaudah Equiano.

His autobiography, published in 1789, helped in the creation of the Slave Trade Act 1807 which ended the African slave trade for Britain and its colonies.

Books and ideas are sometimes very influential, you see.
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Re: 5 Pounds 2010 // Celebration of Britain // Equiano - Tolerance
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2017, 10:18:59 AM »
Yep, but what it has to do with the date January the 24th, 1825?
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2017, 10:30:58 AM »
I can't find an answer to that.
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Re: 5 Pounds 2010 // Celebration of Britain // Equiano - Tolerance
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2017, 04:45:13 PM »
I don't understand that date either. The slave trade was abolished in 1807, but that did not immediately free all existing slaves (that occurred in 1833). Neither appears to have gained royal assent or come into force on 24 January in any year. Equiano died in 1797. A google search on 24 January 1825 seems to suggest that it was a date on which significant events are generally conspicuous by their absence.

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Re: 5 Pounds 2010 // Celebration of Britain // Equiano - Tolerance
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2017, 04:55:01 PM »
The coin says 1823, not 1825 (it is a strange font). 1823 is the year in which the Society for the Mitigation and Gradual Abolition of Slavery throughout the British Dominions was founded. January 31 of that year was its first ever meeting, so maybe it was founded a week earlier on January 24, the date mentioned on the coin?
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Re: 5 Pounds 2010 // Celebration of Britain // Equiano - Tolerance
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2017, 05:57:55 PM »
Thanks, sounds extremely interesting.

Are you sure about 1823? All the rest of the web thinks that it is 1825:

https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/447239-f/great-britain-elizabeth-ii-proof-ps5-coin-a-celebration-of-britain-the-spirit
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5 Pounds 2010 // Celebration of Britain // Equiano - Tolerance
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2017, 06:02:58 PM »
I'm convinced that it's indeed 1823 and not 1825. The selection font is rather confusing!

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Re: 5 Pounds 2010 // Celebration of Britain // Equiano - Tolerance
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2017, 07:18:02 PM »
Ok, if we consider that year is 1823, the date has to be well known. Otherwise Royal Mint would not mentioned it.
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