Votes for Women - spare a penny guv?

MikeShort

Leeds, United Kingdom

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Part of a series of photos to be uploaded depicting a selection of art objects categorised as
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS
A collaboration between the museum and BBC Radio 4 – fascinating stuff.

I have also included some other art objects on display that captured my imagination. i hope by sharing them here they may catch yours as well
All photos taken on Sony Ericsson Mobile Phone Cybershot.

THIS PHOTO
This penny, struck in 1903, has been defaced with the slogan ‘Votes for Women’ over the portrait of King Edward VII. At the start of his reign women, along with the poor and criminals, were denied the right to vote. Mutilating coins was one of the methods suffragettes used to spread their message of universal suffrage to a wide audience. Pennies were used by all sections of society and wers so small a denomination that they were rarely recalled by the bank of England
Of all the 100 objects that shaped the world I think this is the best – simple, effective and an early form of ‘social networking’ !

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