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Ever Colourful Australian Currency Slang Nicknames.

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There is nothing Australians seem to like more than to shorten words or phrases to something more instantly recognisable within the local dialect. Colloquialisms abound in the land down under and some of them are very humorous indeed. This abbreviation of terms applies to most things which understandably includes the currency of the land. A great deal of the currency nicknames have come across from the United Kingdom when Australians used the coin of the realm. True to Aussie form however we have come up with our own fair share of colloquial tags. Australia has always benefited from the rich diversity of…

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The Genius Of Henry Lawson The Larrikin Romantic

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Last week I posted a blog on Francis Greenaway on the Ten Dollars Australian banknote. This the follow up blog to complete a very strange story regarding the two men whose faces grace the ten dollar bank-note. If you would flip the note over then you will find the subject behind this months story. A writer of bush ballads, a politically motivated man, a drinker, a womanizer, a bankrupt, a romantic, a larrikin in the true sense of the word. Henry Lawson was all this and more. Interesting to note that this banknote not only has a convicted forger on…

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Convicted Forger Has Portrait On Federal Banknote

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forgery (ˈfɔːdʒərɪ)  n, pl -geries 1. the act of reproducing something for a deceitful or fraudulent purpose  2. something forged, such as a work of art or an antique  3. (Law) criminal law  a. the false making or altering of any document, such as a cheque or character reference (and including a postage stamp), or any tape or disc on which information is stored, intending that anyone shall accept it as genuine and so act to his or another’s prejudice  b. something forged 4. (Law) criminal law the counterfeiting of a seal or die with intention to defraud. Australia has always…

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The Legend of Smithy And His Southern Cross.

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I have decided to cover in this months blog a gentleman who’s vision and determination changed the face of our nation and he became one of Australia’s best-loved and best known cultural heroes. A man who seemingly knew no fear and conquered some of the toughest and most dangerous aviation routes that had yet to be achieved in his time. In the modern era of aviation it is an everyday event to fly across the Pacific and the Tasman but in his time it was a massive achievement given the state of the aeronautical industry of the day and the…

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The Australian Father Of Blitzkrieg

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blitz·krieg (blĭts’krēg’) n. A swift, sudden military offensive, usually by combined air and mobile land forces. war conducted with great speed and force; specifically : a violent surprise offensive by massed air forces and mechanized ground forces in close coordination. German : Blitz , lightning (from Middle High German blitze , from bliczen , to flash , from Old High German blekkazzen; see in Indo-European roots + Krieg , war (from Middle High German kriec , from Old High German krēg , stubbornness . The man on our One Hundred Dollar note not only has a very fine handlebar mustache he…

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The Shining Stars Of Australian Numismatics

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Back in 2009 Monnaie de Paris (The Paris Mint in France) released a ground breaking innovative coin that would change the way the world viewed the minting of coins. In conjunction with the Year of Astronomy as well as the 40th anniversary of the moon landing and Neil Armstrong’s epic first steps on the moon’s surface they released a coin the likes of which the world had never seen. In terms of technological innovation it was outstanding. The coin was the first ever domed coin which depicted Neil Armstrong’s boot print on the lunar surface on the obverse and the…

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Captains, Convicts, Canibals, Conspiracy!

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March 27, 2014 I thought that this on this entry I would take a look at one of Australia’s pre-decimal banknotes as a change of direction. The gentleman I have chosen appeared on our Five Pounds bank-note from 1954 until 1966 when the change over to decimal currency occurred and the note issue was discontinued. He was truly a remarkable man for his era and was involved in many daring expeditions acting as mid-shipman, a navigator and a ship’s captain. He was also in his lifetime a state governor and the author of several significant historical works. His final days…

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Coin Mintage Facts – Caveat emptor

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A recent online discussion with “Coin Showroom Australia” on Pintarest bought to light an interesting piece of information that I was not previously aware of.  I thought it interesting enough to be worthy of a small blog. I had read in another publication that the 1982 One Dollar coin with the Javelin Thrower depicted on it was only made available in the proof sets from this year. It  would seem the information that I had taken for fact was somewhat short on detail. As “Coin Showroom Australia” so succinctly put it, “You can’t always trust what you read on the ‘net (or…

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Special Banknote Serial Numbers

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of collecting banknotes is the hunt for those serial numbers that are unique, special and in some cases highly sought after by collectors. Finding the right one can add a vast amount of worth to your banknote portfolio. Banknote serial numbers do have unique serial numbers in each country.  Some serial numbers are far more interesting, hard to find and therefore certainly worth collecting. Here are some examples of what you should be looking for. Small numbers : 000003, 000008, 0000033, 0000088, etc The lower to ‘0’ the better. Solid numbers : 000001, 333333, 888888, 1000000, etc. Chinese Lucky numbers : 000328, 328328, 000168, 168168,  300000, 800000,…

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Faces On The Australia Twenty Dollar Note

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This post is the first in a series where I hope to heighten people’s awareness as to who the people are that grace the front and back of the banknotes in Australia. The twenty-dollar polymer bank-note from Australia has a pair of fascinating people depicted on it. From a historical point of view this lady pictured under is just an absolute Trojan from the school of hard knocks and sheer determination. Her name is Mary Reiby and this is her story. She was born in Bury, Lancashire, England in 1777 as Mary Haydock.  Shortly after the death of her parents she was taken in by her Grandmother who…

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