Volume 13 Issue 4           Formerly published as the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition' (Est. 1996)                   April 2008


Remember - be astute when you are handed change - not all the wonders of numismatics have been discovered yet - and they don't have to be shiny and new! This edition again features an assortment of  'trivia' that I think is of interest and I trust it will prove educational and entertaining to you as well. 

All or any prices quoted in articles in this newsletter, unless stipulated, are estimates only and they should not be considered to be an offer to sell or purchase the items mentioned or used as illustrations. Please note that the photoscans of numismatic items are usually not to size or scale, but - wherever possible - they are from the authors' own collection or the extensive picture library of the 'Numisnet World' - Internet Edition.

Any comments published in this privately produced newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the 'Numisnet World' (Internet Edition) nor its Editor.

Bearing in mind our public disclaimers, the Internet links selected by the authors of this newsletter are usually provided as a complimentary source of reference to the featured article in regard to: (1) Illustrations and, (2) to provide additional important information. 

We trust that this issue of the 'Numisnet World' (Internet Edition) newsletter will continue to provide interesting reading.





Edited by Graeme Petterwood. © 2008.


ANZAC DAY 25th. APRIL, 2008

Many older Australian families, including some members of the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society', still have first hand knowledge of the effects of both World Wars and the ensuing conflicts that claimed or changed the youth of this nation in so many ways.

Even in times of relative peace, however, we must be vigilant.  Our young men and women are still making sacrifices and devoting themselves to our national well-being in either part-time or full-time military service, and their willingness to continue extending their shielding hands to those less fortunate, can be reflected in the more recent events in the Middle East and elsewhere. It comes at a terrible price at times.

Like most Australians on Anzac Day, we unashamedly share the triumph of the spirit over adversity, weep at the underlying sadness about lives lost - and also express our gratitude for the freedoms, so hard won, that have given our nation a sense of destiny on the world stage. Anzac Day does not just honour the Gallipoli landing anniversary in 1915 , but it encompasses all sacrifices made by Australians, and New Zealanders, in all theatres-of-war.

Most older Australians also know the fourth verse of Laurence Binyon's famous poem written in 1914 'For The Fallen'; - it has been recited every year since 1921 at Remembrance Day and Anzac Day as the 'Ode of Remembrance'.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 

At the going down of the sun and in the morning 

We will remember them.



If we have ever attended any of the Anzac memorial services held all over our nation on this special day, we will have heard or taken part in the saying of the ‘Ode of Remembrance’.

History has now claimed all the original Australian Anzacs and is gradually softening the shattered earth where they fought, but, to those of us who have been left behind to honour them - or to pick up the pieces - we will repeat our vow again on 25th April this year.


We will remember them!’



Recommended reading:

'Honoured Grave' - by Roger V. McNeice OAM  (Refer: http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/Jan2002.htm)


(Mr. R.V. McNeice OAM, author - and owner of Tasmedals of Victoria St., Hobart -  has recently advised that his book is now completely sold out - but copies were presented to the Tasmanian State Library and the Tasmanian Museum, and may be referenced on request.)








Any current Australian banknote catalogue will give all the technical information about our decimal currency notes, as well as a detailed description of alterations to signatures and text etc. etc. since each of the different note denominations were initially issued from 1966 onwards .

However, while researching another article, I happened upon an archived piece written back in the late 1990's about the issuance of the Australian Polymer substrate currency notes. It served as a reminder of the contributions to Australia's history made by the women - other than Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II - who are featured on our polymer money in particular.. Our paper money also featured several notable women and they also should be remembered - but we will re-do that at another time.

I dare to say that some of us have never heard of these female pioneers in their particular fields - but we should have - because they were truly remarkable for their time -  and, today, we live in a nation that has been coloured by their lives, whether we know it or not! 



The only current Australian note in circulation to feature Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia

The Polymer $5.00 basic circulation notes, originally issued in 1992, were re-coloured in 1995.

Orientation bands were added - and a numbering sequence, incorporating the year of issue, was also implemented at this time.

In 2002, a further slight modification in the position of the signatures and text was introduced.

(Size - width variations noted from 130mm - 133mm x 65mm)



  Australian $5.00 poymer note celebrating the Centenary of Federation.

2001 Single year issue only - Catherine Helen Spence obverse.

Special Tender Issue - Prefixes AA01 000009 - AA01 000500 w/out O/p date

General Circulation Issues - Prefixes AA01 000501 - JD01 to final prexix w/out O/P date

General Folders - Prefixes AA01 001001 - AA01 001050 by Tender with red O/P date

 Prefixes AA01 001051 - AA01 98950 by General release folders with red O/P date

Each folders contains details of security features incorporated within the note. (Size approx. 130mm x 65mm)


Few contemporary currency users would have even heard of Catherine Helen Spence. Born in 1825, Catherine Spence was a woman before her time - she fervently believed that a united Australia should represent a true democracy by granting equal representation to all of it's people. She stood for election as an Australasian Federal Convention candidate from South Australia in 1897 to emphasise the issue of proportional parliamentary representation from all states. It was a very contentious item on the pre-Federation agenda at that time and the often-violent verbal confrontations between jealous politicians from each of the participating colonies nearly scuttled the federation ideal. Whilst the matter was eventually resolved, Catherine Spence was unsuccessful in her attempt to be elected to the Convention in the male dominated atmosphere of the era, however, all her life she battled as a social and electoral reformer as well as pursue her career as a journalist and novelist. She died in 1910.



Australian $10.00 polymer notes bearing a likeness of Dame Mary Gilmore were first issued in 1993.

A modified version was issued in 2002 when the position of the obverse signatures was reversed and additional printing was added.

(Size approx. 138mm x 65mm)


Dame Mary Jean Gilmore, who began writing at the age of 8 and was still putting pen to paper in her 90's, was recognised as a leading poet of her time but, she had many other talents which her long and varied life had blessed her with!

Born at Goulburn, N. S. W. on 16th. August 1865, Mary Jean Cameron often played with children of the local aboriginal tribe, the Waradgery, and she never forgot the squalor and the ill-treatment that she saw as a child.

As an adult, she often wrote articles about the pitiful conditions that the Aborigines had to tolerate and, throughout her long life, she actively campaigned in an effort to improve their lot!

Mary finished school at 16 and then became a teacher in the mining town of Silverton until 1895, when she was caught up in the fervour of William 'Billy' Lane's plans to establish a better life, for the oppressed rural workers of Australia, in Paraguay.

She left Australia in 1896 for the ill-fated New Australia Colony of Cosme, where she met and married an ex-Victorian shearer William Gilmore, but after four years of hardship and disenchantment they returned to Australia, with their son, and settled on a farm in Victoria.

During the next few years her radical poetry started to appear in the 'Bulletin' and, by 1908, she was editing the women's page of the 'Sydney Worker', a newspaper that devoted itself to socialism and its aims of equality.

Despite her political leanings, her talents in fighting for women's rights, aboriginal welfare, treatment of prisoners, health, pensions etc., plus her encouragement to young writers, her poetry and other writings, were recognised by the Australian Government of the day and, in 1937, she was awarded the title of Dame of the British Empire. For the last 10 years of her life she continued as an unpaid columnist for the Communist Party's newspaper, 'Tribune', still fighting for those things that she believed in!

The original painting, by the famous artist, Sir William Dobell- of Mary Gilmore in her old age - which is shown in the background of the $10.00 note, hangs in the Art Gallery of N.S.W.

Dame Mary Gilmore died in Sydney on 3rd. December 1962, at the age of 97, and was given a State funeral attended by all members of the N.S.W. Cabinet.  As a final honour she has been selected to take her place on our TEN DOLLAR  note.


MARY REIBEY 1777 - 1855

Australian $20.00 polymer notes bearing a likeness of Mary Reibey were first issued in 1994.

A modified version was issued in 2002 when the position of the obverse signatures was reversed and additional printing was added.

(Size approx. 144mm x 65mm)


On 31st. October 1994, the Reserve Bank of Australia issued the new TWENTY DOLLAR note which has Mary Reibey (nee Haddock or Haydock) on the obverse -  but who was Mary Reibey?

Mary Reibey was born in Bury, Lancashire, England on 12th. May 1777, and at the age of 13 she had been apprehended in Stafford (disguised as a boy), convicted for horse stealing and transported to Australia for 7 years on the Royal Admiral, which arrived in Sydney in October 1792 - harsh punishment for what was probably intended as a lark!

On 7th. September 1794 at the age of 17, Mary, who had been working as a nursemaid for a military family was granted permission to marry an Irishman, Thomas Reibey, whom she had met during her voyage out to Australia.

Reibey had worked for the East India Company and used his contacts with them to successfully start a small import business in Sydney with a partner.

Eventually Mary became involved and she soon became very capable of handling all of the business matters when it became necessary for the partners to be away at sea. In a few years the business was booming and it continued to expand, as more vessels were added to their fleet, but Thomas Reibey became ill on one of his frequent voyages and his health quickly deteriorated on his return.

In 1811, at the age of 34, Mary became a widow with seven children.

To make life even harder, Thomas Reibey's partner also died within the month, probably from the same illness, leaving Mary as the sole owner of the business!

Out of necessity, Mary soon proved that she had the temperament to manage the growing shipping business, and after nine years of dedicated work she had accumulated a fortune of 20,000 Pounds which, in 1820, she used to return to England with two of her daughters, in an effort to attain some of the comforts that had passed her and her family by.

Within a year she had become homesick for the freedoms of Australia so she returned, and, in an effort to put her convict past behind her, she would often describe her presence in the colony as- ' Came free, by the ship, 'Mariner' in 1821'.

Ignored by the male dominated colonial society of the time, Mary remained a widow, mainly by choice, but her commercial and many real estate interests continued to quietly thrive and keep her a rich woman. She retired to Newtown, Sydney, and passed away in 1855.

As an icon for the achievement of women, who have triumphed over humble beginnings, Mary Reibey deserves her place on the $20.00 note.



Australian $50.00 polymer notes bearing a likeness of Edith Cowan were first issued in 1995.

A modified version was issued in 2003 when the position of the obverse signatures was reversed and additional printing was added.

(Size approx. 153mm x 65mm)


There is a soft sadness in the portrait of Edith Cowan, as shown on the  Australian FIFTY DOLLAR note, which highlights the compassion of the woman, but does nothing to show the resolve that powered her to achieve great things in the cause of women's rights!

Edith Brown had a traumatic childhood which started on 2nd. August 1861, at Glengarry in Western Australia. Her mother, Mary, died in childbirth when Edith was only an impressionable 7 year old and then, when she was aged 15, her father, Kenneth, murdered his second wife!

On 12th. November 1879, after she had turned eighteen, Edith married James Cowan. - and, by 1891, they were raising five children.

James Cowan was the man who would eventually become the City of Perth police magistrate, and, because of her husband's involvement, through the courts, with all sorts of disadvantaged women and children who had been handed a poor deal in life, Edith started to become active in numerous voluntary organisations in an effort to better their lot!


Her first priorities included health and hygiene, state schools to provide free education (including sex education to be taught in schools), equal citizenship rights for both sexes, as well as day nurseries for working mothers. Over the next fifty or so years until her death at age 70, on the 9th. June 1932, Edith Cowan achieved an impressive number of 'firsts' in her fight to champion the cause of the underdogs.

From 1891-1906 she worked with several organisations to get her day nurseries accepted as well as the Children's Courts, of which she became one of the first women to be appointed to the bench in 1915.

During World War I, she worked tirelessly for the Red Cross and was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1920, the same year she was appointed one of the first female Justices of the Peace in the country!

In 1921 Edith decided to stand for the Western Australian Parliament as a National Party member, and was successful in becoming the first woman to win a seat in any Australian Parliament.

Her contribution during her only term in office included putting forward several private member's bills, which were accepted, that helped promote women's inheritance rights and the equal opportunity for women to enter the legal profession.

Edith Cowan has been remembered in several other more tangible ways as well- a memorial clock tower in Perth's King's Park, a Western Australian Federal electorate, and a University have all been named after this truly remarkable woman!




Australian $100.00 polymer notes bearing a likeness of Dame 'Nellie Melba' were first issued in 1996.

(Size approx 158mm x 65mm)


Helen Porter Mitchell was born at Richmond, Melbourne on the 19th. May 1861, and went on to become the world's finest operatic soprano of her time- with a vocal range spanning nearly three octaves.

Her musical talent was recognised early in her life, in fact she was only six when she made her first public singing appearance, and at age eight, she accompanied herself on the piano at a concert at the Richmond Town Hall on 11th. December 1869, and the local newspaper, the Richmond 'Advertiser', reported that the 'precocious little Miss Mitchell caught the audience by surprise...... and rightly deserved the spontaneous encore she received....'

Helen married Charles Armstrong- the son of an Irish baronet, in 1882, but the marriage was not successful and they divorced in 1900, after she had a public affair with the Duke of Orleans, the Bourbon pretender to the French throne.

(The reports of the day say that Mr. Armstrong and Queen Victoria were not amused!)

Helen had been tutored by several excellent teachers in Australia, but she realised that she would need to go to Europe to complete her training.

In 1886, her teacher, Mathilde Marchesi of Paris had introduced her to several famous French and Italian composers, including Puccini, to give a boost to her operatic career and had then persuaded the young singer to take a stage name that would easily remembered by the international audiences.

Helen (nicknamed 'Nellie') chose a name that would always remind her of her home city of Melbourne in Australia- that name was Melba.

She eventually made her professional debut in Brussels in 1887, as Gilda in Verdi's 'Rigoletto', and then Gounod chose her for Juliette in his 'Romeo et Juliette', and she was Puccini's ideal Mimi for his 'La Boheme'.

During the next 15 years Madame 'Nellie Melba' became the prima donna at London's Covent Garden and on her first return to Australia in 1902, she was given the superstar treatment that she expected, with a triumphant, but strenuous, tour of the major cities throughout the country.


(The Launceston 'Examiner' of February 13th. 1903, comments on Madame Melba's welcome by the mayor of that city, and when he politely asked how her steamer trip across the notoriously rough Bass Strait had been, she replied, 'Horrible!... I feel tired and need to rest.'

It was unfortunate for the audience who had brought tickets for her sell-out concert, and it appeared even worse for the entrepreneur, Mr D. Thompson, who had put up a deposit of 1000 guineas with the National Bank, when the news hit the street that the diva was indisposed and the concert would not go ahead. However a financial arrangement was agreed to and no one, except the doting audience, missed out. Melba eventually gave a concert in Launceston in April 1909.)


Melba frequently came back from her European commitments to do tours to anywhere that wanted to hear her sing, and that even included enduring the rigours of the outback regions of this continent

During World War I, Melba sang at concerts both here and in North America to raise funds for the wartime charities and, for her tireless efforts, she was awarded the title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1918. (It was said she raised over 100,000 Pounds.)

At the opening of the 'temporary' Federal Parliament House in Canberra in 1927, Dame Nellie Melba was invited to sing the National Anthem, and another honour was bestowed on her when she was elevated to Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire.

Melba made many 'final' appearances during her career, the 'last' at Covent Garden, England in 1926, and the 'last' at Geelong, Australia in November 1928, and a 'last' charity concert at the Brighton Hippodrome in England on 5th. October 1929.

In fact, her final 'last' appearance was in November 1930, when she had returned from England so seriously ill that she had to be taken from the ship by ambulance. She died in Sydney at the age of 69, on 23rd. February 1931, and was buried at Lilydale in Victoria- still loved by her devoted public!

It was appropriate that 'Nellie' Melba found a place on the ONE HUNDRED DOLLAR note. The 'New York Times' wrote in their epitaph to this great Australian soprano: 'Fortunate the generation that heard her, for we shall never hear her like again.'


Main Internet References and Recommended Reading:









The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins & Banknotes (15th. Edition) - By Greg McDonald.

Renniks Australian Coin & Banknote Values - Edited by Eddie J Cummings.





From an article originally published in the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - April 2000

by Roger V. McNeice. OAM, FRNS.


"Recently my attention was drawn to the fact that one of our 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' members had reported the discovery of a couple of Tasmanian Tokens that appeared to be copies. This information may help to clarify the situation somewhat.

These particular Tasmanian tokens were produced and originally marketed in pairs, in a wooden presentation pack, some 3 - 4 years ago as a limited issue promotional ploy and as 'tourist souvenirs' by a Tasmanian retail company who acted in good faith.

Several different tokens were commonly used (including those mentioned above).The exact number produced is not precisely known, but it is believed that only about 50 pairs were made from zinc and then bronze-plated.
However, after T.N.S. members and other token collectors raised genuine concerns, further production ceased and all unsold packs were withdrawn from the marketplace by the promoters but, obviously, there are some still out there.
The manufacture of token copies is nothing new. Copies of tokens were made even back in colonial days and were circulated along side 'normal' issues. They were meant to deceive and the contemporary colonial press often called for the issuers of such items to be apprehended.

When Tasmanian Tokens were withdrawn in 1876, it was found that a large number of circulating tokens were in fact - forgeries!

To put the situation into perspective, the copies of Tasmanian Tokens can be classified as:

1. Contemporary Forgeries.
This is self-explanatory. They were made during the actual circulation period of the original tokens and were meant to deceive.

(I am preparing a comprehensive list of these tokens and would like to hear from any member or reader with specimens in their collections - R. McN)

2. Copies made for Museums.
These are usually Electrotypes which are made from original specimens especially for Museums or specialist collectors.

These electrotype copies are often marked with the word - 'COPY' for obvious reasons.
3. Modern copies made to deceive.
This usually happens only after a token value reaches a certain price level and it would be unusual for any Tasmanian Token to fall into this category. However collectors should be aware that, with modern facilities, it is now possible to manufacture near perfect specimens, of any token, in mint condition.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

4. Copies made as tourist souvenirs.

Again the purpose of these is self-explanatory.

These items are commercially produced, with various differences from the original token, and are not meant to deceive. A modern copy of the I Friedman penny and half-penny, which appears in a set of replica Colonial Australian coins, are uniface and are clearly marked - 'COPY'- on the reverse.

 Other good examples are the Thomas White & Son pennies and halfpennies. (See below)

Two different pennies were released, bearing the date 1855, plus one halfpenny. Matte and bright surfaces were available in the pennies.

*These replicas were struck by Stokes of Melbourne in 1973 and, although they differ from the originals in style and edge beading, they turn up regularly at markets or in dealers' 'scratch baskets' and they can be very deceptive for the uninitiated - as the article below will explain.. They are not individually marked as being copies but have accompanying documentation.


Let us have a brief look at  these very good copies of the Thomas White and Son tokens, as mentioned in Roger McNeice's article, which were all produced in good faith as promotional tourist souvenirs.

Query - Is a token, made to replicate another token, a genuine token in its own right?

Answer - Yes! It is if it is treated as a separate item with its own  provinence and not meant to decieve.




Genuine and Copy - Thomas White and Son - Penny Tokens dated 1855

The last few of the White's replica Penny tokens, which were produced for the tourist market and the Westbury sesquicentenary in 1973, were still available at the White House mid last year when I called in.  Each plastic-bagged replica token was accompanied by a descriptive explanation printed on a paper backing -sheet in, at least, 2 colours. The sheet gave a brief history of the role of tokens, in general, and clearly identified the attached Thomas White & Son token as a reproduction - unfortunately, as mentioned, the items were insufficiently packaged, and the documents were only stapled together, and could be easily separated. Being bronze, the token copies eventually develop a more aged appearance as patina develops .

Collectors should be aware that even these relatively cheap items, innocently produced as 'tourist gimmicks', can be extremely deceptive to a beginner in the great hobby of numismatics - so if you are unsure whether they are genuine originals or not - don't buy until you are - or at least, don't pay over $7 - 8  without a descriptive receipt-  even if they twist your arm!


'Renniks Australian Coin and Banknote Values' contains a good section on genuine Australian Tradesmen's Tokens with  estimated retail values.



Australian collectors should be made aware of the old (numismatically well-known) Reader's Digest "1752 Austrian Ducat" 


Over the last 10 years or so, I have read scores of reports from amateur collectors about these things - and it still appears that there is a definite lack of interest in wanting to ascertain - for sure - that the item is a 'gimmick'.  Weighing it is probably the easiest way of checking it out  against other similar ducats of the same diameter, bearing in mind that  silver is heavier than commercial base metal (as a rule) and gold is twice as heavy as silver.

However, no one seems to have scales.........

Although these items are not technically Australian - they very often appear in our markets and other local places where coins and tokens are sold.

However, they are a true 'international' wanderer in their own right - I recently had a request from a French-speaking correspondent from the Ile de Reunion - in the Indian Ocean 640 kms. east of Madagascar - for information about this little nuisance


This extract is from the original 'Tasmanian Numismatist' article dated April 1996 -  and it is about an item, now over 24 years old - but which is still haunting some numismatists who 'discover' it for the first time. The article has since been quoted elsewhere.


"Some time ago, a correspondent to the 'Australian Coin Review' (now incorporated into the 'Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine') mentioned having found, what appeared to be, an unlisted Austrian Ducat, dated 1752, bearing the legend 'FRANC. D.G. R.I.S. A. GER. IER. REX.' with the portrait of Francis of Lorraine on the obverse and the legend 'TU DOMINE SPES MEA' on the reverse.

It was very similar but 'not quite right' in comparison to others of that time period.

The Ducat 'coin' was, in fact, manufactured and distributed on behalf of the 'READERS DIGEST' organisation some years ago as a promotional gimmick.

It has no intrinsic value whatsoever, but samples regularly turn up in market stalls numismatic junk boxes - at various retail prices - in both bright 'gold' and bright 'silver' finishes."                   

1752 Austrian Ducat lightweight advertising gimmick - actual size 20mm

These 'Ducats' usually have a dark chemical reaction spot in the centre where they had been attached with an adhesive glue to a 'Reader's Digest' give-away sheet..The 'spot' can be of various sizes from seriously defacing to barely noticeable. I regret that the original scanned illustrations were not good - but the item was highly reflective.April 1996. (Illustrations enlarged - not to scale).

With 'look-alike' items like this it is no wonder that the public can be fooled.  I still have the 'silver' sample of the base metal 'ducat' (shown above), which I had obtained many years prior to the time the 1996 article was originally researched and prepared.

As an amateur collector, I also thought I had something that might be 'rare'  as it was not listed in any of the usual publications - and, I was also disappointed -  as the recent correspondent would have been when I advised him of its rather mundane history.

This reasonably well-made 'coin' has a measurement of 20mm. but it weighs less that 2 grms. - a lot lighter than the genuine article, which is usually about 

3 1/2 grms.  It is now an interesting numismatic item of some small note, in its own right - if collectors are aware and accept it for what it is.




It is the intention of the 'Numisnet World ' to feature information that encourages our great hobby and assists our readers, when possible..

New releases of numismatically-oriented literature, or any other technological information sources, that may be of use to a broad range of hobbiests, may be granted limited FREE advertising space in the newsletter or, alternatively, by direct links - if they are provided to us..

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Australian Banknote Sales, Volume 3, 2007.

Annual record of sales of Australian banknotes in 2007.   Bring yourself right up to date with current market prices of all the rare Australian banknotes. 

The coloured cover features the £1,000 note that sold for $1.2 million.  116 A-4 pages, $25 posted.


CAB Index for 'The Australasian Coin & Bank Note Magazine' 1996-2007.

There were more than 7,000 pages in the 130 issues, published between 1996 - 2007, of this premier collector magazine. The index will enable you to find all items of interest. 80 A-4 pages, $20 posted.


The Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine - nice covers - but what's on the inside?

Volume 1, Issue #1 (November 1996) - Volume 10, Issue #1 (February 2007) and #11 (November 2007 Year Book).


South Australian Bank Branches, Volume 1, The Bank of Adelaide.

Chronological and alphabetical listings of all branches from 1865 to 1980 with pictures of branches, dates of opening and closing and names of first managers. Includes illustrations of the bank's notes and cheques.  116 A-4 pages, $25 posted.


South Australian Bank Branches, Volume 2,

The English, Scottish & Australian Bank and its cheques.

Details of branches from 1864 to 1970 as per Bank of Adelaide above, plus a comprehensive study of their cheque forms used for over 100 years.

104 A-4 pages, $25 posted.


South Australian Promissory Notes (paid through banks) 1866-1890.

A detailed study of promissory notes from the ES&A Clare hoard discovered in 1983 with cheques from mostly Adelaide businesses in the 1870s and 1880s arranged in alphabetical order with their advertisements.  120 A-4 pages, $25 posted.


Australian Superscribed Banknotes.

When the Commonwealth Treasury took over the issue of Australian banknotes from the individual banks it overprinted notes of 15 banks and the Queensland Government.  These were known as Superscribed notes.  Today they are rare and very valuable.  This book tells the story and records all sales.  108 A-4 pages, $25 posted.


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Recently, when searching for a few items to illustrate an article, I committed the  sin of starting to read items in the books and magazines I was perusing. 

If I were stronger-willed, I probably wouldn't find out all the interesting things I do by being inquisitive - well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it!.

Thanks to Judy Shaw's very informative article of 'PILS' (Plate Identification Letters) on the Fraser/Cole $10  - CAB 2007 Year Book, Pages 31 - 32), I dragged out my set of 'white elephant'  $10.00 uncut pairs from the Hobart International Coin, Banknote and Medal Fair of 11/12 May 1991 and gave them the once-over once again.

Judy's article made it easy - and I found I had the appropriate 'PILS' in the area indicated in the article. We live and learn!


Location of the Plate Indenification Letter


A Centre-strip sequence of 4 pairs of untrimmed Australian $10.00 paper notes.

Serial numbers used and Plate Identification Letters located on this 4 pairs uncut note sequence:

MGH 600221 - C;  MGJ 600221 - H;  MGK 600221 - N;  MGL 600221 - S; 

MGN 600221 - Y;  MGP 600221 - I D;  MGQ 600221 - I J;  MGR 600221 - I O


To quote from Judy Shaw's article - "It is to be noted that on occasion where a PIL was used for a second time a small vertical line was printed before the letter."

    The full 40 note sheet of Serial Number 600221 should have these prefixes and PILS (as shown in table below).


Each pair was accompanied with a Numbered Certificate - (# 0877 - 0880 in my instances)

These Certificates, prepared by Note Printing Australia, apparently bore no relation to any numbers on the notes.

The correct name for the host club was, in fact, the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society'


MFV - I B MGE -  I C MGP - I D MGY - I E MHG - I F
MFX - I G MGF -  I H MGQ - I J MGZ - I K MHH - I L


The Shereton International Hotel in Hobart, Tasmania, which was the venue for the event in 1991, has since been re-named Hotel Mercure.


A few old dates on the Calendar - March-April






http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/aug03.htm  - 1995 - 1997 (Volumes 1, 2 and then renumbered Volumes 1 and 2)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/ept2003.htm  - 1998 - 2000 (Volumes 3, 4 and 5)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/Oct2003.htm  - 2001 - 2002 (Volumes 6 and 7)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/Nov03.htm  - 2003 - to date Nov. (Volume 8 to date Nov,)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec2003.htm  - Final 2003 Dec. (Volume 8 final Dec.)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/jan07.htm - 2004 (Volume 9)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/feb07.htm  - 2005 (Volume 10)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/mar07.html - 2006 (Volume 11)

The final Index of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition' (Volume 12 - Issues 1 - 6) as well as the first Index ( Volume 12 - Issues 7 - 12) of the 'Numisnet World - Internet Edition' can now be seen at:

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec07.htm - 2007 (Volume 12)

Our Archives can also be accessed (by subject matter) by using the Search Engine on our internet page.


'NUMISNET WORLD' - Internet Edition.

Volume 13 – Issues 1 - to date, 2008


Issue 1. January 2008:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/jan08.htm

What do you know about Old Spanish Silver Coinage? - A few 'little' bits and pieces of information about mintmarks and assayers initials.

What did 'Santa Numis' Bring You? - Jerry Adams got two nice prezzies to help him with his new numismatic interest in Ancient coinages...

Book Review - "Numismatic Forgery" by Charles M. Larson (2004). - Startling revelations from a world famous forger. (Reviewed by Jerry Adams.)

Around the Traps! - A BIG, BIG year for local medallist, Tasmedals - a bright business forecast by Managing Director, Roger McNeice OAM.

Catching up with Friends! - Greetings from Mike & Petra. - Back in the U.S. Mike Metras tells me that he had written another book.. Details on his website

The Changing Faces of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - The 'parting of the ways' between hard-copy and Internet editions only means that parallel roads are now being traveled.

General Index Update - Where to find previous articles in both the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' (1995 - 2007) and 'Numisnet World' (2007 - to date).


Issue 2. February 2008:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/feb08.htm

Australia Day 2008 - Editorial Comment

The Glory That Was Rome. -  Roman coins are always waiting to be discovered by collectors. A little bit more trivia to make the road less bumpy!

Numismatic Forgery, Follow-Up - The story of master-forger Mark Hofmann is the stuff movies are made of ....................!!

Miscellaneous Q & A's - Trying to provide a correct answer to an interesting query about a blank penny planchet from 1963.

Editors Notification - Previous casual advertising rates offered to 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' members and newsletter readers are now null and void. ('Numisnet World' does not intend to solicit paid advertising at this time but will still feature non-commercial numismatic "Wanted Known' requests that comply with our policies and disclaimers.)


Issue 3. March 2008:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/mar08.htm

The Tasmanian Numismatic Society's Medals & Awards - Like many other hobby-oriented organisations, the T.N.S. presents rewards for loyalty, service, achievement and dedication to the Society's interests.

The Lockwood Medal - One of Australia's most prestigious numismatic memorial medals, the Arthur J. Lockwood Award (now known as the Lockwood Medal) was first awarded in 1970. It is still awarded, when warranted, through the auspices of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society.  Last awarded 2000.

CBS Report - Abolishing the U.S. Cent - Debates, and battle-lines, are starting to form about the logistical importance of retaining the humble U.S. Cent.

Early Colonial Coinages -  The Australian and the American Colonies had many logistical problems with small change.


Issue 4. April 2008:-

Anzac Day 25th April, 2008 - Lest We Forget..

The Remarkable Women of Australian Polymer Currency - A brief profile of some of the fascinating women who have helped forge Australian history.

New Limited Edition Numismatic books, published in 2008, by well-known author, numismatist and collector extraordinaire - Mick Vort-Ronald.

Copies, Counterfeits & Tourist Gimmicks - Roger McNeice OAM. FRNS. alerts us again to the funny things that can get into our collections.

Thomas White and Son - The problem when a replica of an 1855 token, produced for a Tasmanian tourist outlet in 1973, is too good

P.S. - The 'Infamous' 1792 Austrian Ducat - The story of a 'Readers Digest ' advertising gimmick that has gained a place in Oz numismatic history.

Uncut Paper Notes - We live and learn - even if sometimes we need to go back and do a bit of homework - thanks to Judy Shaw

A Few Dates on the Calendar - March - April.  - A reminder of times past.





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