Volume 17 Issue 4        Formerly published as the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition' (Est. 1996)     April 2012



Edited by Graeme Petterwood. © 2012.


All or any prices quoted in articles in this free 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. Wherever possible - illustrations (*enlarged or otherwise) are from the authors' own collection - or the extensive picture library of the former 'Tasmanian Numismatist' -  Internet Edition © 1991 - 2007.  and the  'Numisnet World' - Internet Edition. © 2007 - 2012.  

Krause-Mishler (KM) Standard World Catalogs - and McDonald and/or Renniks Australian catalogue numbers, are used where applicable.

*Please note that the photoscans of items are not always to size or scale. (Fair 'acknowledged' use of any original scan is allowed for educational purposes.)


Please, also, consider my conditional invitation, to make a literary contribution, if you feel you have something numismatically themed that may appeal to a general level of interest - and fulfils our stated editorial guidelines. 

As Editor, I am always prepared to look at it - and if need be - assist in additional presentation. 

However, please be aware that not every submission will be automatically accepted for publication. 

We regret the imposition of 'editorial control' - but previous experience has necessitated the following conditions.

If common courtesy, and normally acceptable moral standards are not upheld, or, the subject matter is considered to contain plagiarized or defamatory content, or, if it is not considered 'generic' enough for this type of newsletter, or, if the subject has already been covered in depth in earlier editions - it may be refused, held aside or selectively edited. This is, obviously, not a scientific-style journal - our object is to educate, certainly - but, hopefully, in an entertaining way for the average hobbyist collector.  - G.E.P.



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25th. APRIL 1915 - 2012



Many older Australian families 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 in our homeland, 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.



Anzac Cove Beach-head in Summer, 1915.

(Australian War Memorial Collection No. G458)


The Turks had held the high ground at the time of the initial landing at Dawn on April 25th. 1915 - and it took over 4 hours to ferry all the Allied troops and pack-mules ashore by motorized barges - in full view of the defenders.

However, there was sufficient allied naval gunfire support to eventually allow some of the troops to gain the narrow shores.

Whilst it was mainly Australian and New Zealand volunteers who made the initial landings, there were also elements of British troops and the Indian gunners of the 21st. and 26th. Indian Mountain Batteries, as well.



(Australian War Memorial Collection No. A1090)

The illusion of this photograph of 4th. Battalion troops apparently casually watching, as the following wave of boats landed at 8.00 a.m., was soon shattered. The Turks were now on alert, and the first known casualty was an Australian Engineer - who died during this landing - and his body can still be seen sprawled on the narrow beach. Shortly afterwards, the were up to about a dozen wounded, mainly by gunshot, as men now scrambled ashore and sought whatever cover they could in the dunes and low foliage.

Several of the spectators also became casualties during the next few days.

This was to be a tiny foretaste of the bloodshed that was to follow in the following days as the troops scaled the heights to the plateau above.  In the next 5 days, 1st. Battalion, alone, lost 5 of its 6 officers and 125 of its compliment of 213 men.

Throughout the campaign - all of the supplies and reinforcements were ferried to the beach by smaller craft that were under consistent heavy fire from the Turkish-held heights.

Turkish Artillery also kept the larger ships from getting nearer the shore - and continual rifle and machinegun fire made the beach deadly until the position was consolidated and the Anzacs dug in and advanced up the slopes.



Great-uncle Fred - Private (later Cpl.) Frederick Robert Fox MM

Regimental No. 1010 - 12th Battalion, A.I.F.

 Photo: September 1914 prior to departure to Gallipoli via Egypt for the landing - and then on to France.

 Imperial Military Medal similar to that awarded to Pte. Fox for his involvement at Polygon Wood, Belgium. 1918.

Refer:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/nov10.htm

(Author's pic. collection.)


Great-uncle Jim - (Ammunition limber) Driver James Henry Petterwood

Regimental No. 1395A - 5th. Div. A.I.F.

'Out for a ride. Caught in the glass' - Undated postcard from Palestine.

After the Gallipoli campaign, he served in France until 1919.

(Author's pic.)


Like most Australians on Anzac Day, I unashamedly share the triumph of the spirit over adversity, silently weep at the underlying sadness about lives lost and, sometimes, the terrible injuries sustained - and, I also express my 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 has grown to encompass all sacrifices made by Australians, and New Zealanders, in all theatres-of-war - and, even during times of 'police actions' and peaceful readiness.

Each year, at this time, we are invited to join with all citizens of Australia and New Zealand - to commemorate the sacrifices made on our behalf during times of conflict or dire need  - and, if we have ever attended any of the Anzac memorial services held at memorials all over our nations on this special day, we will have heard or taken part in the solemn saying of the ‘Ode of Remembrance’.

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


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."

The way to Polygon Wood. 1918.

(Australian War Memorial Collection No. E916b.)


Pte. Thomas John Fox - Reg. No. 6735 - 12 Battalion, A.I.F.

(First cousin - twice removed)

(Died of wounds 20th. Sept. 1915 - Somme Battlefield.)

(Author's pic.)



 Great-grandmother Florence Fox with her older sons after WWI.

Sadly, during WWII, another younger son was killed near Beirut, and another was captured at Crete.

(Author's pic.)


 World War I pictures from the Australian War Memorial collection originally published in:

'Official History of Australia in the War of 1914 -18' 

(Vol. XII Photographic Record of the War) - Angus & Robertson.1939.


Dedicated to those of my great-uncles, uncles, various cousins, and others from my extended family, who never came home from two world wars - and, to those family members who did - but, who are now only remembered by history.


Driver Ernest Loyal Petterwood - Reg. No.TX13651 

31st. Company, Aust. Army Service Corp.

Stationed in Darwin, Northern Territory 1943-45

(Author's pic.)


We will remember them!’


Burial at El Alamein - 1942

(Australian War Memorial Collection)

2005 - Poignant reminders, of Australian involvement in WWII, depicted on Australian circulating 50 Cent coinage.




 A Personal Observation recalled

by (former) 6/705682 Gun-Sgt. Graeme E. Petterwood

F Troop. R Battery,6th Field Regiment.

Royal Australian Artillery.


We, who are left - growing older - may also have cause to remember our own adventures as young men, as we honour and respect those who have served our nation in some military capacity in more recent times of conflict - and, also, in maintaining the peace.

Many of us may never have be called upon to fire a shot in anger or defence - but, we were just as dedicated, and prepared to serve our country to our upmost, as those who did. WE ALSO SERVED.


Australian Defence Medal (2006)-retrospective award 1945-current.

Anniversary of National Service Medal (2001)-retrospective award 1951-72.

Issued some years after the Service had been given. Order of wear precedence is shown.

(Author's pic.)


18th. National Service Training Battalion

4 Platoon 'A' Company - Royal Australian Artillery

Guard Duty members (author-standing centre)

Brighton Army Camp - early Winter 1956

(Author's private collection.) ©


Medal References:-






April Fool's Day was always one of those times of the year when this author fell for the most mundane tricks imaginable. I admit that I have had some really ingenious pranks played upon me, as well!

My late wife, my children, and my grandchildren - who are now all adults - always knew best when to catch me when I 'should have known better' - and with my guard down. I miss those happier family days ...the pranks were always part of the great April game carried out with the innocence of eternal childhood - and we all had a great giggle. The memories still remain - however, this article is not about that sort of 'funny'!




Although they rarely have a true economic value applied to them - beyond their material cost - these frivolous U.S. look-alike items are now deemed to be genuine collectibles. Novelty notes are often loosely labelled as having Exonumiac interest, because they often closely resemble our genuine currency - as well as Notgeld, Gutschein and Postage Stamp currency etc. Their novelty appeal assures that they are well worthy of being included amongst the more traditional collectibles - as another interesting sideline.


Back in the late 1980's, just as I was starting to become very serious about numismatics as a hobby, I was first introduced to 'funny money' by the gift of a pristine 'The United States of America'  note that appeared to be genuine at first glance - but, upon scrutiny, it proved not to be.

The 'note' wasn't actually a counterfeit - as it was clearly marked that it was 'non-negotiable' - so what was it?.

It was a legally produced representation, available from genuine retail sources, for commemorative and entertainment purposes!

The expression on my face, when I first saw it, would have been well worth what it cost - and that would have been funny!

I can't remember, now, who gave it to me - or for what reason - but, I would like to thank them for it - because it gave me an entry into the parallel and wonderful world of 'exonumia'. An interest - beyond its initial novelty appeal - that has remained with me from that day to this!


The definition of 'funny' in numismatics (and exonumia) does not always refer to any perceived humorous aspect of coin or note - although there sometimes is such an aspect - but, in most cases, it pertains to the fact that it is not a normal official presentation or public circulating item of worth.  In other words - it is noticeably different - and, it simply looks more than a bit  ... 'funny -unusual' .....!

Let's have a closer look at the 'funny' notes in the montage below - and see why they can create such a fascination as the cross-over link from currency numismatics into currency exonumia.



A small selection of 'United States of America' novelty notes.


1988 United States 1,000,000 Dollar 'Funny Money' Note

The initial item in my 'U.S.A.' novelty note accumulation.


Since receiving my first Million Dollar note (shown above), I have accumulated a few other similar 'funny money' notes to form a nice collection.

These 'imaginative' notes are printed as novelties and sold either loose or in bundles - or, even in booklet form, for a few dollars each.

They are often given away as promotional aids for certain causes - they are often politically or commercially motivated - but, they can also be used as  celebratory gifts for events such as Birthdays or Christmas etc. - and, as more sobering commemoratives.

In this article, I will only use some of the illustrations of the 'funny money' of the U.S.A. that I have in my collection - but, I may revisit the area, at a later date, with other international examples.

(These 'Funny Money' scans are not to actual scale in comparison to each other - but have been sized to conveniently fit the page.)




There are many designs that are very similar to actual issues - as well as highly individual examples that cover the whole gamut from political to military - usually with all sorts of wording to emphasize the commemorative aspect of the issue. Refer:- http://www.noveltieswholesale.com/



Issued purely as 'reflective of sacrifice' and support of U.S. Military endeavour.


Some have extremely high or odd denominations that are obviously not in the official currency range - and sometimes the sizes are deliberately changed to highlight that the note is not as it seems. However, they are usually close enough in colour and size - and - quite often, they are on good paper, well printed - and, at first glance, could be mistaken as real. These notes are not really manufactured to deceive - but, reports are on record about innocents who, supposedly, have accepted some of  the lower denominations as genuine currency.


APMEX - American Precious Metal Exchange - Million Dollar advertising note give-away.


Promotional Advertising notes - issued for 'Special Events and Good Times'

Most of these are currently available on the Internet for about US$1.00 ea. - or US$0.20 ea. if you buy 100; you pay $0.15 ea. if you want 500 - and $0 10 ea. if you want a 1000. Postage and handling is extra, of course. Refer:- - http://www.noveltieswholesale.com/



'Funny Money' printing companies will often use several variations of 'generic style' Statue of Liberty notes.

They are often coupled with different reverses for entertainment variety or for commercial reasons (Refer illustrations above).


As mentioned, we will endeavour to address and show 'funny money' from  international areas, in a later issue - however, in the meantime - just to whet your appetite - we include a scan of a very large Magnificent Empire of Texas 100 Texas Bucks greenback - with little substance, but huge in entertainment value!


'The Magnificent Empire of Texas'

Texas whopper size : Actual 34 x 14 cms. (approx.13 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches)

A very stylish - and imaginatively worded - larger than life note for 100 Texas Bucks.

Issued for entertainment only, and definitely not meant to fool anyone - except some dedicated 'Texicans' - perhaps!


As well, we have a few other odd pieces, stashed away, that take other more substantial forms than paper. They will get an airing later this year, hopefully!

Collectors of these novelties will have seen items - such as 'not quite legal' fantasy coinage, and even humorous tokens - that can be made of all sorts of material. Classed as 'Exonumia' - this outer numismatic field is often looked down upon by purists - but - it grows some magnificent crops! Don't ignore it!


 1967 Alaska Purchase Centennial Medallion - Advertising token (Alpert #35D2)

Complete with the Kiwanis Steam Railroad famous 'Moose Gooser' train reverse - I'm sure you'd get the point!

(Scans enlarged and adjusted for matt surface area clarity - actual medallion size approx 39mm.)




One of the first vital lessons we learn, as a collector, is that of 'Observance'!


Over the two decades that I have been seriously accumulating numismatic items to feature in this newsletter, the prime lesson of encouraging readers' observance has become part of my everyday life - and, it has had numerous positive ticks to show how important it is to be totally aware each time any of us handle small change. 

That being said - don't forget the bigger folding stuff, either!

Supermarkets, newsagents, transport, corner stores and week-end markets are prime hunting-grounds - wherever the use of cash money is still the normal medium of exchange - the list goes on .....!


The time it takes to convince friendly local traders to check their cash-drawers and tills for odd, foreign coinage - is, usually, time well spent! 

The idea is to swap 'all or any' of the gathered foreign coinage or currency for the value, in good coin or currency, equivalent to what it may have been accepted as. No matter what the official exchange rate may be - you will nearly always go with the counter price asked - and pocket the items gratefully. You need to build a mutual trust that you will not see your unpaid 'collecting agent' disadvantaged at his front counter.

Obviously, this can mean a financial win or loss at times for either you or the merchant - it may mean an extra 'spare' for people (like me) who are prepared to take the piece for a fair price - even if we don't really need it.

The shopkeeper needs to balance his books, and pay his bills, even if one of his clients passes over non-Australian loose change - either in error, or as a way of disposal, after a trip. These things happen!


However, there are times when these events can present a pleasant - sometimes exciting - surprise, when the items are checked out!


1988 Australian Commemorative $10 Note pack - Note Printing Australia.

(Not to scale - and definitely not found in change!)

All other items shown below in this article were 'observed' and collected from general circulation.


In 1988, Australia introduced its initial effort of polymer substrate currency - it was in the form of a dated Bicentenary commemorative $10.00 note in a presentation pack bearing a range of  AA00 - AA23 prefixes. These were followed by an undated general circulation issue.

It was supposed to be a 'one year' issue to celebrate the first permanent European settlement in Australia - it was the date our nation was first conceived..

Unfortunately, the note had serious technical teething problems in regard to a 'see-through' window with its holographic image   These Optical Variation Device (OVD) problems have now been well documented - but, it was an exciting progression from the paper currency of the era.

Many of the 1988 packs were saved by collectors - who willingly paid the AUD$14.00 asking price for what is, still, a stunning, innovative note.


Most of the original undated circulation issue was not distributed after the hologram problem was found  - and those stocks still in banking hands were quickly withdrawn for treatment - and a revamped issue (with additional protective lacquer over the OVD) hit the streets later in the year.

The extra lacquer gave the hologram window a slightly 'mottled' effect and can be seen on careful examination. (Refer a good catalogue for details)

This is an extremely difficult note to find in circulation now - and it is a complicated issue - the good catalogue will tell you why!

It would be another 5 years, and beyond, before the full range of standard polymer notes made an appearance - plus window - but, without the hologram.


It was also of some interest, that many Australian note collectors had to learn for themselves - by observation -  that some of the early dated polymer notes, bearing low prefix, AA00 0 .. which had been held in reserve for a staff 2 note presentation pack   - were never used for their allotted purpose, and were turning up in 'supermarket' change. No official details of the last prefix that was presented to the Note Printing Australia  staff has ever been issued - the records indicate only 499 pairs were presented - and, while there is always the chance that some Bicentenary or Staff presentation packs may have been dismantled - it appears more likely that the excess loose stocks - after packaging requirements had been met -may have found their way into general circulation after re-lacquering.

The note shown below is special - to someone observant - and with the right knowledge-  it is relatively easy to spot why it is more special than some!


1988 Australian $10.00 polymer note AA 00 033 380

Low serial number indicates it could been from the original 'Presentation Pack' reserves or Staff Folders.

These were never catalogued as single notes - so they should probably be looked on as 'General issue' - plus an extra premium - 'what the market will bear' - to cover the 'special' date - and - the uncertain price structure, due to the lack of packaging.

(This note was found in change from the local IGA Supermarket and obtained for face value.)


I pause to reflect briefly on behalf of the thousands of collectors who are the backbone of the hobby. Those members of the public who find something interesting in their change - and save it for the grand-kids.  It's getting harder to find those bits in your change - but keep looking!.

These days of:- (1) Scan your own selection of essentials - then (2) Swipe your plastic credit or cash card (if you have one) through the machine - and then (3) Pack your own stuff - has given the term 'self- service' a totally negative form that no longer attracts a lot of us into the city stores - which are already starting to resemble those no-frills suburban hardware warehouses with few floor staff! 

(We might even fall down in those lonely back aisles of soft furnishings and kitchen utensils - and not be found for hours, if the store cameras are also un-manned to cut weekend costs.!)

Those, that are on duty, have little time - nor product knowledge - for real customer service. They certainly don't have time to check for odd coins.


These days, I regularly frequent my neighbourhood shopping-centre stores, and, I support the small, local IGA Supermarket staff  in my home suburb - they know my name, make time for a brief pleasantry and smile - and they have even found lots of coins and interesting notes for me over the last 40 years.

However, observance does prove to be more difficult when I have a bundle of various denomination notes, coins - and my half-meter long receipt - thrust into my hands by the busy 'check-out chick' on the usual pay-day grocery adventure - but, they are open 7 days a week -  so. I make time to visit on the 'not-so-busy' days as well! Over the years  it has been quite rewarding both as a shopper - and, as a numismatist.


1995 Australian $5 polymer notes.

Australian notes have 'orientation' bands on the fronts and backs. Usually they are the same size - but, due to a front plate problem with the $5.00 polymer note in 1995, printing of several prefixes (HC95 - KC95) were completed with a different size orientation band. (Refer - top note)

These are scarcer (estimated at only about 7% of the print run) - and therefore notable - but, they do not overly reflect in catalogue values.



Sometimes number sequence look interesting to the beholder - just because they do. Rule of thumb says - If you like the sequence- keep it!

However, numismatically speaking, there are several definitions that are, more or less, the guidelines we stick to for preference..

To clarify the situation, I referred to the latest edition of my great highly recommended catalogue -  2012 Pocket Guide to 'Australian Coins and Banknotes ' Nineteenth Edition. by Greg McDonald - and found some helpful details listed under 'New Collecting Themes' (page 355)

One day, I hope to be able to present a complete range of number sequences styles - and my best chance of getting them at a price I can afford to pay - is in my change at the supermarket!  Please note, that I prefer to grade my own scans very conservatively!



Semi solid numbers; Repeater numbers; Radar Numbers; Solid numbers.


2006 Australian $50.00 Polymer note - Serial # AL 06 768 867

Graded Fine - a nice Radar, bearing an ink-mark on the bottom orientation band and showing a bit of paint-wear on the centre top edge.


2006 Australian $10 Polymer note - Serial # GF 06 983 389

This Radar number note is graded as about Very Fine - but, it is my sole example in this denomination.



2005 Australian $50 Polymer note - Serial # CG 05 646 464 - featuring Edith Cowan 'with straw!'*

 *Due to foreign material intervention, this interesting Two number x 3 Repeater note has an area that was not printed properly .

Other than the obvious flaw - this note grades at about Extra Fine.



2006 Australian $50 Polymer notes

Three number x 2 Repeater Serial # EI 06 180 180 

Progressive x 101 Serial # EA 06 525 626*

* This was an interesting 'unofficial' number sequence that I observed - and decided to keep.

Both notes grade at about Very Fine.



On a shelf in my office, I have a small, cheap green plastic box with 4 compartments - originally meant for fishing flies, hooks and bits of associated paraphernalia - into which  I have thrown the residue of several years of accumulated 'supermarket shrapnel' - after the initial check for rarities, of course!

A random selection of 129 supermarket pieces, from just one compartment, is shown below.

It is obvious that we must have a lot of international travellers in our working-class suburb!

Currently, there must be well over 300 mixed coins in that little green box - actually, I gave up counting. They are mainly base metal - but not all.

Many of these Copper-Nickel and Bronze small change coins, come from nearby Asian-Pacific regions and some of the old Commonwealth nations.

We shouldn't ponder too deeply how they ended up in my fishing-tackle box - as many were made, under contract, by the Royal Australian Mint.- and they compare in size and composition with our past and present Australian coinage - even some denominations were sized in a similar fashion.


Pacific Twenties

(top row) - 1967 New Zealand 20 cent (now altered to a smaller coin); 1999 Vanuatu 20 Vatu; 1975 Papua New Guinea 20 Toa

(bottom row) - 1982 Fiji 20 Cents; 2002 Tonga 20 Seniti


There is an old, but true, adage - 'We are only caretakers of our collections - one day someone else will be charged with the responsibility!'.

If I ever get some spare - or desperately boring - time, I will sort the various shrapnel piles into national identities - and do what has to be done - some will go into my small change collection, some may go to my grandson's collection - which is waiting for his mature interest to awaken - and some of the remaining spares will just sit there - waiting. They are readily accessible to use as illustrations in this newsletter - they are always ready for swaps and/or giveaways - but - hopefully, they will not go back into circulation via a local supermarket during my time as caretaker.


The sort of coinage 'shrapnel' that turns up in local supermarket cash drawers.


Amongst the hundreds of pieces of dross, I have also found a few bits of 'small change' treasure - not in the Dollars and Cents meaning - but due to their scarcity in circulation after escaping the Royal Australian Mint inspection process..


Australian Two Cent Bronze coin with several planchet flaws.

Bronze denomination now withdrawn from circulation.



2004 rim fault - Australian 10 Cent coin - metal spread

1977 totally unreeded thick convex rim - Australian 20 Cent coin


There have been numerous Mint errors coins, sighted by observant collectors, since coins started being minted in this country - and I suggest that it is a fascinating area of numismatics to have as a secondary interest, There are several good economically priced catalogues in the market-place -and, it is also suggested - that these catalogues - covering the pre-decimal and/or decimal era - would be of great use in identifying the types of faults that you may come across. The catalogue that  I have found to be most useful for my pre-decimal coinage was compiled by a good friend - well-known Australian numismatist and writer, Ian McConnelly, and published by Renniks Publications  - it's titled 'Australian Pre-Decimal Coin Varieties' - pretty easy to remember - and to use as a guide!




If you are a variety collector or want to know more, Ian is also a regular reporter and contributor to Australia's leading glossy numismatic publication - 'Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine' - and this quality magazine can be obtained 11 times a year at most good newsagents - currently for about AUD$8.00 per copy off the shelf - or, check it out -  there is a subscriber's discount if ordered direct from the publisher on a yearly deal..

Contact details for both these publications are usually found in the magazine - but, for convenience,  I have shown them below as well.


The magazine is very good easy reading, it is informative and expertly illustrated - with heaps of contact addresses.

I have been highly recommending the CAB (as it is affectionately known) since the first issue was initiated by numismatist and prolific author Greg McDonald in 1996. The great old 'Australian Coin Review' also ceased publication about this time and was eventually absorbed. 

The CAB has changed hands several times since then - however, the quality, that was initially set, has never been compromised - and it continues to improve with dedicated and knowledgeable custodians at its helm - such as the current editor, John Mulhall. 

It is a magnificent asset - for all levels of numismatist, or even those who seek knowledge about all sorts of things that link us together...


The Australasian 'Coin & Banknote Magazine'

Editor:- John Mulhall

P.O. Box 6313

North Ryde. N.S.W.  2113

email:- auscoinbank@bigpond.com

Phone: (02)9889 3755    Fax (02) 9889 3766


Renniks Publications

Ian Pitt - Publisher

3, 37-39 Green St;

Banksmeadow. N.S.W.  2019.

Phone: (02) 9695 7055    Fax: (02) 9695 7355




MAX FRY MEMORIAL HALL - 17th. March 2012.

It is always interesting to attend the relatively friendly, low-key local Northern Tasmanian Coin shows - such as those held in conjunction with local philatelists. The atmosphere is definitely much less frenetic - and, the chance to communicate with dealers and other collectors at a social level makes these little events well worth the effort to attend.

Admittedly, however, business is business - and, we should bear that in mind as well and not waste too much time talking about the weather.

Bargains are to be had even though the size of the offering is somewhat smaller than the mainland affairs I have attended..


Last month, I had reason and opportunity to catch up with some good friends, David and Kim Newell, from 'The Coin & Stamp Place' of Hobart - at the Max Fry Memorial Hall at Trevallyn in Launceston - and, as usual, they had a great selection to cover all numismatic and philatelic collecting tastes.

I went across town because I needed some additional packets of 30-coin and 3-pocket banknote storage sheets - no problem - that was soon handled.

In retrospect, I think I should have doubled up on the banknote sheets.

I also took time to browse through the folders of banknotes - and, whilst I found dozens of notes I would have liked, I decided on 10 that I definitely had to have because the 'price was right'!  (For years, I wanted an Expo 88 note - shown below - but just didn't get around to obtaining one - I now have a nice one!)

The notes were crisp Uncirculated - ideal for use as illustration in this newsletter - and, whilst they were all at the bargain-end of the scale - they have the chance to appreciate over time for an amateur accumulator such as myself.


World Expo 88 - 'Time and location sensitive' April 30 - October 30 - Expo $5.00 note

Printed by the American Bank Note Company on quality paper with coloured security 'dots' incorporated on the reverse .


As I have said, on previous occasions, David and Kim have always been ready to oblige at all levels of the hobby - and new collectors don't have to be buying items that cost an arm and a leg!

P.S. - They have some great stamps as well!


The Coin & Stamp Place

(formerly 'The Stamp Place)

110 Collins Street, Hobart. Tasmania. 7001.


Email:- info@thestampplace.com

Website:- www.thestampplace.com





As most regular readers of the newsletter are aware, I have featured occasional notes from a long-term collector mate Mike Metras in regard to his meandering and pilgrimages around the US; Europe and the Middle East.

We have followed Mike's personal adventures as he trudged along with his own thoughts - and later with his wife, and walking companion, Petra - as they 'walked with awareness' to wonderful places that we, the house-bound or of lesser stamina, can only dream of.

Mike has recently advised that he is in the process of updating his home site (so bear with him) and that he is even planning another short walk (and we all know what his idea of a short walk means!) so catch up with some of those old recollections - and join Mike as he lets us know what is in the melting pot.

For those who have enjoyed the previous experiences - and want to recapture them, Mike has also advised that all the CD's - with their inspiring pictures and on the spot comments - are still available of the various pilgrimages as well.


Recommended Site:-  http://www.walkingwithawareness.com/





International and local newspapers have carried a report that King Siaosi Tupou V (aka George) of Tonga passed away in a Hong Kong hospital on Sunday 18th. March - the Crown Prince, Tupouto'a Lavaka, was at his side.

He had ascended the throne in September 2006 after the death of his father, King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV.

The progressive monarch had long suffered with a serious liver complaint and had replacement surgery last year.

In November 2011, we featured an article about the currency of Tonga and showed illustrations of current banknotes featuring the late monarch. Our sympathy goes to the people of Tonga at this sad time!





Colonial Fire Fighting in Van Diemen's Land 1803 - 1883

A New Book - by Roger McNeice OAM

I have just received a very interesting correspondence from a good friend - who, besides being a well-known numismatist and expert on Ancient Coinage, is also a prolific best-selling author of the Tasmanian history of our local Fire Brigades - from rural to metropolitan.

Roger V. McNeice OAM knows what he is talking about after spending years as a participating volunteer 'firey' - and he has played an active part in the defence of Hobart and environs during some very dire times. Who better than he to tell the stories!

I have included the order form for his newest book for the most obvious of reasons - the book is worthy of a place on our shelves - it has a great story to tell of the past that has shaped our present and points towards a continuing era of service by those heroic men who step forward at the sound of the strident alarm and, often, put their lives on the line.



Roger V. McNeice

P.O. Box 27

Kingston, Tasmania 7051

Email:- rvm@eftel.net.au


The 130page illustrated book will be available in stores in August at the RRP of AUD$22 - but, if you wish to take advantage of the pre-publication price offer - do so now, by contacting the author direct and arranging the great deal.

Cheque/Money Order and Paypal are accepted

Direct debit through Westpac Bank may be made - if that is more convenient - to ensure reservation of your copy of this limited edition.

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Issue 1. January 2012:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/jan12.htm

THE LURE OF EXONUMIA -  Old father 'Numismatics' may be shown as a fairly frugal, staid and patient, comfortably plump gentleman relatively set in his ways - whereas, his elder son - that inquisitive and brash, young-at-heart - 'Exonumia' - will always remain keen, lean and hungry, as he tries to satisfy his gnawing need for something different. He is the human part of the greater hobby - and, he runs on nervous energy, at times.

There is rarely a 'state of complete satisfaction' - as the adventures of discovery unfold!


Issue 2. February 2012:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/feb12.htm

COLLECTOR'S MILLSTONE? - I use this word - 'plethora' - a lot these days, as the outpourings from Australia's Mint reaches pest proportions for collectors who need to make budget choices. It is becoming painfully obvious, that a split in the collecting habits of Oz numismatists is just around the corner -  and, it will divide the men from the boys, down financial lines, into hobbyists and investors - and, possibly, art-lovers who collect might even get a say!

BUY THE BOOK! - Never have so few words meant so much in today's volatile numismatic market. Greg McDonald's 'Australian Coins and Banknotes'  Pocket Guide - is again proving its worth with this information-crammed 19th. Edition.

U.S. STEEL CENTS. Have they a FUTURE? - Costs of manufacture are escalating in all industries - and that includes making our money. The future for small change looks grim as many nations are now rationalizing their hard cash.

THE FINISH OF THE FINNISH MARKKA? - All over central Europe this month - hoards of old national currency are going to surface as the deadline for final exchange with Euros draws near - not all nations will be involved - but those that are will feel a pang of  nostalgia - and more than a little unease.


Issue 3. March 2012:-

TRIVIA TRIBUTE - The multi-million dollar movie 'The Bodyguard' (1992) starring Kevin Costner was also the catalyst for the late Whitney Houston's acting career. With her truly remarkable voice - coupled with her undoubted good looks - she captivated the theatre audiences 20 years ago with the movie adaptation of the enduring hit song "I Will Always Love You" which was originally written and recorded, in 1973, by Dolly Parton, as a C&W song. Goodbye, Whitney!

A LONG SEARCH IS FINALLY OVER! - At long last, we have sufficient scans available - and enough information courtesy of our correspondents -  to complete a puzzle that has keep this editor awake and guessing for a nearly a decade. We now know about their tokens, and - the who and what - former English company, 'WILLIAMS BROTHERS - DIRECT SUPPLY STORES Ltd.' - actually  were!

A BLAST FROM THE PAST - Lady Hazel Lavery. - American-born, Irish beauty - Hazel Lavery (nee Martyn) - will be remembered as the face on Irish currency before the Euro took over in 2002.  The reminiscence is in order now a decade has passed her by.

THE ROYALS - This year is the Diamond Jubilee of the Coronation of H. M. Queen Elizabeth II, and, we look back at other medallions that have reached our shores - or been made by our own Australian medallists - to commemorate other Royal events and anniversaries.

CHARD - A timely reminder, acknowledging how important it is that collectors and dealers work together to ensure the on-going success of our great hobby!

RECENT Q & A's - A mystery 'Chinese' note - that - courtesy of Krause's ' World Paper Money'  - turned out to be a Japanese One Yen issue from WWII.

JAPANESE INVASION MONEY - The ingenuity of the Japanese was highlighted by the issuance of the much maligned J.I.M. paper currency during WWII in South-East Asia. By enforcing its use - the invaders controlled the economy of the region. Now looked down upon by most collectors as just the tail-end of the catalogue 'add-ons' to many official national post-war currencies - this cheap, and very easy  to obtain, stuff has a still notched a place in numismatic history - and our catalogues.  Some J.I.M. notes are now becoming harder to find as we rustle through the market junk baskets  .....!


Issue 4. April 2012:- 

ANZAC DAY 2012 - A traditional salute to those who have served their nation in Peace and in Conflict. Lest We Forget!

FUNNY MONEY! - A small selection from the plethora of novelty currency paper note issues.  Refer Internet site - http://www.noveltieswholesale.com/

This area of collectibles is included in the outer fringes of the hobby - and it is generally known as  Exonumia.  Regrettably, it is often ignored as 'insignificant' by many numismatic purists - however, to those of us who have broader outlooks - it can be hugely rewarding and entertaining to have two strings to our bows. Social gatherers are more likely to take that next step deeper into our hobby after getting hooked on this 'insignificant' interesting stuff.

THE REWARDS FOR BEING OBSERVANT!  One of the first vital lessons we learn, as a collector, is that of 'Observance'! -

The opening sentence, of this brief article, is its crux. Over the last 47 years, since decimal currency was introduced into Australia, and, I started looking at money as being more interesting than its spending power, the amount of 'stuff' I have been able to accumulate from local sources - without paying out big bucks - has been substantial. It is mainly because I - or my 'look-outs' - have been observant..

'SUPERMARKET SHRAPNEL' - Following on - I have included a few scans of items that have come my way from local sources - mainly my suburban supermarket or newsagent. Treasure can be found that close to home!

LOCAL COIN SHOWS - Never knock the small coin shows at the local halls -  the bargains are great and the friendly atmosphere is worth its weight in Gold. The social aspect, and the chance to meet other collectors informally, is also a bonus. Recommended dealers, like David and Kim Newelll of 'The Coin & Stamp Place' of Hobart, are the sort who tend to make long-lasting friends of their customers.

A NOTE FROM A MATE -  A good mate, numismatist and pilgrim extraordinaire, Mike Metras, has advised that his fascinating home site is being re-vamped. He also let me know that he is planning to do a little more walking!  Refer:-  http://www.walkingwithawareness.com/

TONGA'S KING HAS PASSED AWAY - On 18th March, the King of Tonga passed away in a Hong Kong hospital.  He had been in poor health.





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