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Posted on Aug, 08/19/2015

 

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” - Oscar Wilde

If Oscar Wilde ever collected coins, he apparently wouldn't have allowed a lack of ready cash to stop him from growing his collection. For the rest of us mortals however, one of the few things that can stop or slow us down building our collection is money (or the lack thereof, more...

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Posted on Aug, 08/18/2015

The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes is to many collectors what the form guide is to punters - a printed publication that you must have.

Whether it stays on a dealer's desk (like mine does) or in a collector’s back pocket when they’re out and about at a dealer’s shop or at a coin show, it’s a common acquisition for many collectors, no matter what they...

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Posted on Aug, 08/07/2015

Noble Numismatics 109 Auction is now done and dusted - as the room that the auction is normally held in wasn't available for the full 4 days that this auction was scheduled to be held, there were over 5,000 lots jammed into 3 days, rather than 4.

Throw into this equation the fact that Noble's needed to make use of a new online bidding platform, as well as the fact their usual...

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Posted on Jul, 07/15/2015

I recently came across an interesting note in an auction in Europe, it featured the notation “NOTE PRINTING AUSTRALIA” across the top, and featured a portrait of the Dutch artist Rembrandt across the front.

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Posted on Jul, 07/04/2015

It’s been a little over a month since we had our numismatic journey across 3 states in a week or so, let’s take a brief look over each auction first, and I’ll review the statistics afterwards:

International Auction Galleries Postal Sale 5: This was perhaps the first solely-online auction held by one of Australia’s mainstream numismatic auction houses, so was notable...

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Posted on May, 05/22/2015

The Australian numismatic market has been fundamentally affected in the past two years or so by the advent of the PCGS registry set.

This new factor in the market has fundamentally altered the way many Australian coin collectors build their collections, and may well have permanently changed coin collecting in Australia.

This article explores just what...

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Posted on May, 05/13/2015

Three of Australia’s rare coin auction houses have exceeded themselves this month, and have opted to schedule their auctions within 14 days of each other. While this makes for an exciting week, it does bode a challenge in terms of scheduling flights, viewing times and lodging bids!

For the life of me I can’t understand why the auction houses do this - having two (let alone three)...

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Posted on Apr, 04/25/2015

The newspaper that landed on the front lawn at Chez Crellin 2 Sundays ago unfortunately for a little bit more wet than usual, however fortunately only the outside cover ended up being damp, and the internal pages were dry. While I hate nothing more than a wet newspaper, the reason for my concern being was that in the lead-up to Anzac Day, News Corp Australia (in conjunction with Westpac,...

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Posted on Apr, 04/13/2015

In the "olden days", it was pretty easy to keep track of activity in the Australian numismatic market - you bought yourself a copy of the Australian Coin Review Magazine or the Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine, and just read the summary articles about the major auctions that were held around the country.

Couple those subscriptions with a copy of either the McDonald...

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Posted on Apr, 04/03/2015

A recent online auction by Universal Coins most likely answered this very question, however before I get into a discussion of it, let me start by saying that it’s a reflection of the...

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