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Posted on: Aug, 08/14/2011

Many folks new to the numismatic market believe that a complete set of a particular series of coins or banknotes is a wondrous thing – they’re of the opinion that once all the gaps in a set are filled, the jackpot wheels start spinning. Experienced collectors of course know that that’s quite true, well not quite.

One dictionary definition of the term “collect” is “to obtain and keep objects of similar type because of their interest, value or beauty.”

It follows then that the aim of most collectors is to obtain a representative example of each similar item within a particular series, and then present it in a way that enhances the interest, value and beauty in each item. Ask any collector – there’s nothing more rewarding than to look...

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Posted on: Aug, 08/09/2011

The Commonwealth coin market is always active with collectors, no matter how well the economy is doing – you don't need to have great licks of money to enjoy this series, and it costs nothing at all to study it.

The advent of eBay brought in a large number of new collectors into the market for Commonwealth coins, and as always the florin and the penny are the most popular denominations with new collectors. Values of the key date coins in the florin and penny series have risen strongly on the back of this demand, as these collectors continue on with their hobby, this demand is filtering across into other dates and denominations.

The Melbourne Centenary florin has also increased in popularity in a big way – despite the fact it has a mintage that's pretty small relative to other dates in the...

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Posted on: Aug, 08/02/2011

The Background to Melbourne's The Star Newspaper

The Star” was a daily evening newspaper that was first published in Melbourne on October 28th...

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Posted on: Jul, 07/15/2011

Much of the following information first appeared as an article in the Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine, written by Mr Ian Todd. Ian's numismatic interested have varied over time, however the common thread between each area that he has been active in has been rich history and collector appeal. Although there has been a good degree of research published on the paper notes printed by the internees at Camp Seven in Hay (NSW) during World War II, far less has been published on the background to and technical characteristics of the copper and brass tokens used by inmates across the internment camps of Australasia at the same time.

I hope...

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Posted on: Jul, 07/15/2011

The DBP $1 note is one that has been enthusiastically pursued by decimal note collectors for decades, although it's perhaps only in the past decade or so that collector interest has started to drive their value to a level that matches their historical appeal and rarity.

They are the first Australian notes to have been officially confirmed as being a very limited run of test notes, and they are the only Australian notes issued since Federation that have been proven to be directly related to several Australian cities - Perth, Brisbane and Hobart. The mintage of one million notes is exactly the same as the Coombs & Wilson first and last prefixes, and nearly as low as some star replacement notes - all of these notes are at present worth much, much more....

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Posted on: Oct, 10/19/2010

The 1922/1 overdate 3d is the rarest silver pre-decimal coin issued for use in circulation. To say that there isn't universal agreement about it's background within the Australian numismatic fraternity (past and present) is a mild understatement. In fact, it's been the source of heated debate over the past 40 years or so. Whatever the cause of the anomaly on the date of this coin, it remains one of the most highly prized coins in the entire Australian pre-decimal series.

While the 1930 penny and other rare pre-decimal coins are relatively well known by the general public, the 1922/1 overdate 3d is more of a numismatist's rare coin – understood and appreciated only by those that have been involved in numismatics for some time. Although the first published reference to it dates...

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Posted on: Oct, 10/19/2010

The 1930 penny is without doubt the one rare coin that most Australians know about -  it started off as being the last coin to go into the Dansco press-in albums that were hugely popular in those days (in fact they're so rare hardly anyone ended up with a complete penny set), and it now rates as an heirloom and an investment.

Unlike paper notes or even the larger silver coins, pennies could be accumulated fairly easily without placing too big a dent in the family budget. It wasn’t a trifling or incidental coin - back in the 1960’s a penny could actually buy something, and a collection of 95 coins represented a reasonable spending sacrifice. As they were used every day of the week, most people had the opportunity day to day to check their change and...

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Posted on: Sep, 09/21/2010

The general public today is quite used to seeing our notes printed with uniform serial numbers - nearly all Australian notes issued since 1988 feature a four-digit prefix and a six-digit serial number. Australians in the early 1900's had no such luxury, as there were 10 different varieties of the ten-shilling note alone in Australia's first decade of a national paper currency.

1918 Ten Shilling Cerutty/Collins

The Commonwealth Treasury initially underestimated the economic demand for Australia's currency notes, and the level of their...

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Posted on: Sep, 09/17/2010

Commemoration of 200 Years of European Settlement

It's long been thought that the ten dollar note issued in 1988 by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) simply honoured the 200th anniversary of European settlement in Australia. This momentous occasion celebrated our nation's achievements and cultural heritage, and undoubtedly deserved being marked by our first commemorative note.Australia's 1988 Bicentennial $10 Note Front

Several disclosures recently published in the international currency printing trade media however reveal that the Bicentennial note program was just as...

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Posted on: Sep, 09/09/2010

As someone that attends all of the major numismatic trade shows around the country; as a dealer that interacts with dozens of collectors of all stripes each day of the week; as an active eBay seller and is currently Secretary of the Australasian Numismatic Dealer's Association (ANDA), I get to see a reasonable range of coins and notes, and hear a range of views of what's going on in the market.

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