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Time Machine Collides With Constellation

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The last few months have seen a veritable explosion in new coin releases. After a somewhat lengthy period of general releases in silver and gold coins the two mints in Australia have cut loose with some truly unique and low mintage coins much to the delight of collectors worldwide. The first to hit the shelves to great acclaim came from the presses of Perth Mint. In celebration of the 1985 film, Back To The Future, we saw two new releases on offer. The film was released in 1985 and starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly the school student who…

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Money To Burn

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We have all seen pictures and films of the super rich flashing their inexhaustible wealth. Rock stars and Texas oil barons, lighting their cigars with $100 banknotes or doing something equally absurd that literally just burnt their money up for no good reason and simply because they could afford to do so. Money means so very little to you when you have so much. What would you say if I told you that there was a time when a whole nation of people had a lifestyle like that? What would be your reaction on seeing even little children with billions…

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Toast The Toast Maker

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So I guess we have all heard of the expression, “riding on the sheep’s back”, when it comes to describing Australia’s economy and prosperity. Wool and gold have always been seen as the two main income earners for our nation but there is another and its significance cannot be understated. It is of course wheat. Maybe we should have been singing, “Bringing In The Sheaves”! More foods are made with wheat the world over than with any other cereal grain. A family of four could live ten years off the bread produced by one acre of wheat. Australia’s first wheat was…

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Up, Up and Away, Winging It With T.A.A.

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This time around I am taking a slightly different approach to the blog as Noteworthy Collectibles is not only about banknotes and coins but about all items that are collectible with an all Australian theme. As a child I was a very active aviation enthusiast. I took every opportunity to build model aircraft and even spent my time writing away and collecting brochures from Beechcraft, Lear jet and Cessna. I lived in a house which was shared by my Uncle. He was a pilot and his enthusiasm for all things flying fueled my own curiosity. This in due course led…

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The Mighty Polymer Banknotes

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Some 8 months after the release of decimal currency in Australia, large numbers of $10 bank notes were found in circulation that had been counterfeited using normal office paper. In total some $140,000 in fake notes were recovered before it was realized that a better solution needed to be found to protect the monetary system against forgery. One would have to scratch ones head and wonder at the chances of the forged note in question being the same as the one that bears the portrait of a convicted forger Francis Howard Greenway. Due to the increasing sophistication of techniques used…

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Parkes Lays The Foundation Stone Of Australia

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So here in the next Noteworthy Collectibles profile of people whose faces appear on our Australian banknotes we take the time to look at a very interesting man indeed. He is better known as, “The Father of Federation” and his name is Sir Henry Parkes. He is commemorated on our Five Dollar polymer note and in keeping with his Father Christmas type looks he truly gave our country one of its greatest gifts, political stability through Federation of our disparate States. This in turn enabled Australia to become one nation and to move forward in to the 20th century as…

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A.B. “Banjo” Paterson- The Man On Our Ten Dollars Banknote

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So here is a little story about one of my all time favorite Australian characters and legends. A.B. “Banjo” Patterson. Buddy, cobber, mate, a few words that I would apply, as his writings and sentiments have long-held a place of special meaning in my life. He is the quintessential Australian poet and novelist and widely regarded as one of the finest of his time. He was born on 17th February 1864 as Andrew Barton Paterson and many people have wondered where the “Banjo” in his name came from as he almost certainly never played one. Story has it that in…

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Oceania Coins and Banknotes Make For Great Investments

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Like so many people who are completely fascinated by the collecting of Australian banknotes and coins, I find that I am often on the end of a very sharp learning curve. There are so many variants and varieties within the field of numismatics that one is constantly learning and appraising everything that you know. It is now more than 30 years since the one dollar note was replaced by the one dollar coin and over 48 years since the inception of decimal currency. The advent of polymer notes has assisted in making the old paper notes a highly collectible commodity…

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David Unaipon – Aboriginal Ambassador To The World.

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Now here is one of modern Australia’s greatest Aboriginal people who apart from being recognizable as the man on our polymer fifty dollar banknote, was also a lay preacher and an inventor. A tremendous ambassador for the indigenous people of Australia and a great example of the Aussie “can do” spirit. David Unaipons story is one of a lifelong devotion to crusading for the welfare and causes of the Aboriginal people, as a preacher of his own faith and also his great foresight as a man moving into the modern era of technical developments. Organ playing, boot making and book-keeping…

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Predecimal Currency in Australia

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Did you ever wonder why at school they taught us the 1-12x tables? I often used to wonder about this as I thought that 1-10x tables were enough or if you were going to learn up to the 12x table then why not 13 of higher as well. I believe that I know now the answer to this rationale. It lies in the fact that the old pre-decimal currency that Australia used was based around a system of 12 on the lower denominations of coins. I can recall the moment in my primary school math class when everything that was…

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