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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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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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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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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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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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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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Race Your Roo!

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Racing Roos was a past time that used to take place in Australia whilst the one dollar banknote was still in circulation. The game of “Racing Roos”, generally occurred at pubs and parties.  All the original one dollar decimal banknotes featured a metal thread running through the note from top to bottom as a security feature. Placement of the thread varied on different print runs hence some would be in the middle, some a bit to the left of centre and some a bit to the right. Some notes even had what was refered to as a side thread which…

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Where Noteworthy Collectibles Began.

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When I was a youngster growing up in semi-rural Australia in the late 60’s I was privileged to enjoy a relatively serene country lifestyle, surrounded by forests, fields and meandering creeks. Nothing was overly complicated on our 5 acre lot, we grew potatoes in the Winter, hay in the Summer and our 2 resident cows, named Raspberry and Strawberry, both lived long, fat, indulgent lives as an integral part of our family. No one ever had the heart to send them to the local market and they eventually succumbed to the rigours of old age and a visit from the…

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