numismatics

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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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