Australia

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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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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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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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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