Obverse: JAMAICA TEN CENTS 2003 - Coat of Arms (an Alligater standing on Crown, 2 Arawak Indians hold the coat of arms. Banner reads: OUT OF MANY, ONE PEOPLE).
Reverse: THE RT. EXCELLENT PAUL BOGLE NATIONAL HERO
Composition: Copper plated Steel
Measures: 17mm in diameter
Paul Bogle, it is believed, was born free about 1822. He was a Baptist deacon in Stony Gut, a few miles north of Morant Bay, and a voter at a time when there were only 104 in St. Thomas. He was a firm political adherent of George William Gordon. Poverty and injustice in the society and lack of public confidence in the central authority urged Bogle to lead a protest march to the Morant Bay Court-house on October 11, 1865. In a violent confrontation with official forces that followed the march, nearly 500 people were killed and a greater number were flogged and punished before order was restored.Bogle was captured and hanged on October 24,1865; but his forceful demonstration achieved its objectives. Paul Bogle and his treatment by the British authorities is mentioned in the Bob Marley song "So Much Things To Say" off his 1977 Album "Exodus". He is also mentioned in the song "Never Forget" By Lauryn Hill, from the Album "Unplugged 2". A statue of Paul Bogle now stands before the Morant Bay Courthouse.
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