Volume 16 Issue 8Formerly published as the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition' (Est. 1996) August 2011
Edited by Graeme Petterwood. © 2011.
Please 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.
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.
Wherever possible - illustrations (*enlarged or otherwise) are from the authors' own collection - or the extensive picture library of the former 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition and the 'Numisnet World' - Internet Edition. © 1996 - 2011. (Fair 'acknowledged' use of any original scan is allowed for educational purposes.)
*Please note that the photoscans of items are not always to size or scale.
PLEASE NOTE - RE-STATED DISCLAIMER: Where on-line web-site addresses are supplied, they are done so in good faith after we have checked them ourselves - however, our readers are advised that if a personal decision to access them is made - it is at your own risk.
AN AUSTRALIAN PRE-DECIMAL
COIN GRADING BROCHURE.
AUSTRALIAN NUMISMATIC DEALERS ASSOCIATION (ANDA) - 2005.
Enclosed in the December issue of the 'Australasian Coin and Banknote Magazine' (2005 - 6 Yearbook) was a small complimentary brochure produced by the Australian Numismatic Dealers Association (ANDA).
Check with your local ANDA dealer and see if any additional copies may have been distributed or are available.
Well worth having! Website for ANDA: www.anda.com.au
Titled "Collecting Australian Commonwealth Coins", the brochure was produced as a 'reference to Australia's pre-decimal coinage 1910 - 1964' - and it was a real little literary gem worthy of another brief mention.
Well-known Australian numismatists, Andrew Crellin from Monetarium Pty. Ltd and Klaus Ford from Klaus Ford Numismatics Pty.Ltd. were two of the major contributors in putting this article together and they should be commended for their efforts. The 16 page brochure gave us a lesson in the history of Australia's unique pre-decimal coinage from its inception in 1910 - 11, it also showed us the time-lines of major denominations, the legend variations, and the few commemorative pieces, and it discussed aspects of each - and, to top it off, a comprehensively explained and illustrated grading section was included - which was excellent in its clarity.
This brochure was not meant to be anything more than what it was - a handy, very condensed and concise, reference to Australia's pre-decimal coinage.
The highly professional photography and brochure layout was achieved by Mr. John Freestone with the kind permission of Downie's, and Shane Fearnley: SundaySessions (Design and Artwork).
SO - YOU KNOW THE BASICS - WHAT THEN!?
If any of our readers are contemplating buying or selling pre-decimal coins through Internet sources, make sure that any scans are of reasonable quality for buyer or seller to make a fair assessment, and try to keep within the parameters laid down in the ANDA Coin Grading Guide for decision-making - and peace of mind. This grading 'line in the sand',- the 'ANDA Coin Grading Guide' - which is contained in the brochure previously reviewed - will enable us all, dealers and collectors alike, to have a common level to start at, and it should do away with a lot of misunderstanding of what constitutes a particular condition of coin quality.
Some readers may still say that the best grading is purely subjective and is based on 'eye appeal' as the final criteria especially if you are a hobbyist and not up amongst the realms of a numismatic 'investor'.
Still, it is more than handy to know what constitutes a quality coin over a 'nice' coin if you have a choice of more than one and the prices are similar.
Learning to appreciate grading is one of the corner-stones of numismatics.
Most of us, who are basically hobbyists, often have difficulty when to comes to grading - especially having to accept a grade description that we may disagree with but one that we are led to believe is a professional opinion.
If any of our readers fancy their ability to grade a pre-decimal coin - I offer a scan of an old, and a wee bit dilapidated, 1923 halfpenny from my files.
(Photos untouched, except for re-sizing, shown below).
Australian 1923 King George V Halfpenny - a digital photographic sample for online grading.
What should be the areas of interest (?) - What do you think!
The King's Crown.
The obverse of this coin shows the King's crown as having 6 well-defined Pearls, a reasonable centre Diamond, and it has a full bottom band on the crown, there is a small but old detracting scratch on the King's beard plus wear patterns on the cheek and forehead. Are these typical of a circulated coin featuring this monarch?
Do these wear marks lessen the 'eye appeal' or would you expect a coin of this age to show a few extra wrinkles?
A well-defined Die crack runs from the tail of the R of REX to the D of F. D. - is this also a detracting feature? Could the coin be classed as a Mint error as well?
Please note that there are also several detracting marks on the reverse of this coin - near the O of ONE a shallow sliver of metal is missing - could this be the result of a tiny planchet flaw (?) - and, there are several rim knocks of a minor nature and some light, but noticeable, field scratching - particularly over the word ONE and under the word PENNY. It may be that a cleaning attempt has been made with a hard object (?) Are there any other signs of cleaning?
Look for marks around the features, like the 3 of 1923, which has a nick on the bottom curve and there are 'wear and tear' dents on other numbers and letters. All these points are worthy of consideration when trying to arrive at an honest grade - so that a fair value can be attributed to the coin.
If it is possible, try to plan ahead!
Several requirements are necessary when grading coins - good light and a good magnifying glass - so, any time you are contemplating buying a quality or high value coin, make sure that both these essential needs are met by the seller or yourself, otherwise - risk losing the deal, as it could be a 'pig in a poke' - walk away and come back when conditions are more suitable. A bargain is only one when it is truly obvious!
Do your homework!
The minting history of each coin needs to be considered, as well as its physical attributes, because this also plays an important part in accurate grading.
Some coins have been surrounded by 'myths' over the years and even these 'fables' can be a telling point in evaluating a coin's worth, so don't fall into the greed trap of over-grading - or accepting an over-graded piece - because of the mystique of the date or denomination - it could come back to haunt you.
Don't be afraid to ask for an independent opinion and be prepared to justify your position and to question any put to you - and expect the same from the other party..
Accuracy, not wishful expectation, is good!
If necessary, grade both sides of the coin separately if the quality difference appears acute. The lesser grade should be taken as the negotiating point.
Finally, with any coin that has a high market value, try to check its authenticity or otherwise against other known documentation.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD GO?
Additional Reading:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/april09.htm
Photography: Paul Petterwood (T.N.S. Member #350).
QUERIES FROM THE 'MAILBOX'
It has been a while since I have featured correspondence in our 'Mailbox' - most of the time I answer queries - as best I can - directly and personally as they hit the Internet Inbox. Occasionally, however, some subjects arise that may need a wider airing.
The latest query, from a good friend from the U.S., needed a detailed reply. The condensed version of that reply is shared below in the 'Mailbox' - and, I hope, it also highlights the problem that 'long distance' assessment sometimes creates..
Regrettably, the authenticity of many scanned samples - if they are supplied at the time - can not always be verified just by looking at the pictures - nor, by even holding them closer to the computer or 'phone. However, we do try - but, the impossible takes a little longer!!
In this instance, the original set of queries were about the grey - 'pewter-looking' - colour of an United States of America 1881 Morgan Dollar compared to a bright Silver 1926 Peace Dollar - also, an apparent small but noticeable difference in weight that was mentioned by the writer.
(No scan or specific detail supplied - in other words - a fairly typical query.....!.)
THE CASE OF THE MORGAN DOLLAR.
Q - Should the 1881 Morgan Dollar be cleaned and polished back to shiny?! ..... Or - more importantly - is it even real or not?!
Morgan and Peace Dollars with various Toning differences.
(Editor's illustration enlarged)
Top - 'Morgan' 38.1mm .900 Silver Dollars issued 1878 - 1921 - designed by George T. Morgan (1921 Rev. - 1903 Obv. shown)
Bottom - 'Peace' 38.1mm .900 Silver Dollars issued 1921 - 1935 - designed by Anthony De Francisci (1922 Rev. - 1923 Obv. shown)
A.. - TheThe weight difference that was mentioned could be a worry with the Morgan coin ,if that is really the case.
Could you be more specific about the weight difference ...re-weigh it to be sure and let me know - and ,if possible, send a 100% scan of both sides.
For your interest, it should be noted that on the genuine Morgan coin there should be a micro-letter M (designer - George T. Morgan) incised within the neck truncation just above the last tress of Liberty's locks above the date. The Peace Dollar has co-joined initials AF (designer -Anthony De Francisci) clearly visible under the neck truncation. However, their presence is no longer a guarantee of authenticity!* (See article below)
Mintmarks are located under the (reverse) wreath and under the (reverse) word 'One' on the Morgan and Peace Dollars, respectively.
Over the last decade, I have noted many excellent replica coins - (often 'Made in China') - as well as tokens and medallions etc. - mainly made from Copper-Nickel or Pewter (White metal). Some of the items are even being electroplated with a thin layer of more precious metal.
They are appearing in ever increasing numbers at the local flea markets. - and they are being bought by the public!
These replicas are other than the plethora of US Dollar copies that have been hitting the broader coin markets for even longer.
The prevalence of these copies is now spooking some collectors - and the 'alarm bells' are loudly sounding!
Although an effort is usually made to honestly represent these items as 'Replicas' - the meticulous detail is causing angst amongst collectors, because - being manufactured to be as accurate as possible - they have an even greater potential to deceive!.
Any coin, token or medal - that is a noted international 'collectable' - has now become 'fair game' for the Chinese manufacturers of replicas - and they are very good at their job. A sale is a sale! They could just as easily be making nuts and bolts - it's all the same to them - they will fill any market niche!
The 'priced-to-sell' tag should be a give-away, so - do your homework - and think about it before you buy..Too good to be true?! Could be!
Most of the more 'dodgy' replicas have usually been on-sold by less than scrupulous retail traders out for extra profit.!
They are targeting gift or souvenir- buyers, young or amateur coin gatherers - and even those canny people who think they have discovered a bargain
However, the open slather of high quality replicas is introducing a potential numismatic minefield for future gatherers!
Some of these copies are so good that they can be easily mistaken as real - especially, if the 'Replica' label or descriptive packaging is removed - which, unfortunately, often seems to happen more often these days. in an effort to cash-in on the hobby, by the 'bottom-line bandits'!.
I have written several articles about the dangers of replica coins - and even some replica tokens - filtering into mainstream collections, and then being accepted as genuine 'varieties' because of the small differences that may be discovered easily by a vigilant collector - who may not be a Chinese coin or token expert.. Sometimes, even long-time collectors can also be just as fooled with good replicas - but, experience is a great teacher. Ask me about that!
Caveat Emptor! - 'Buyer Beware' - is a term that well worth consideration in these times...
Genuine & Replica 'Kiang Nan Province' coins from China.
As well as metal differences, slight design differences are often deliberately 'built-in' so that the makers can avoid the counterfeiting laws.
THOMAS WHITE AND SON - Genuine and Replica tokens.
My genuine Thomas White and Son 1855 Penny token (shown above) is rather battered and somewhat gouged - but, it should be sufficiently clear enough to highlight some of the differences between it and the replica token made for the tourist trade.
I purchased the shiny bronze replica from the White House retail shop at Westbury, Tasmania, many years ago - prior to acquiring the real deal.
After numerous complaints from the numismatic community (about 20 years ago), it appears that the initial stock of copies had been temporarily withdrawn and only sold after they had been properly labelled. That the labelling was actually done - is hearsay!
However, I was personally told that the retail shop had 'sold out' of replica token stocks for 'some time' when I wandered in during one quiet Sunday drive stop-over, and bought mine.
The item (shown above) was 'the very last one' - so I was informed (... and, I only got it after pleading for it to be removed from the display-case).
My purchase had no packaging, label or indication - either way - of its origin, although at that time I certainly knew it was a replica.
However, I should point out that loose, unmarked examples are still being discovered - regularly - at Tasmanian flea markets, mixed amongst genuine items, and being sold as Tasmanian iconic tokens to amateur gatherers at slightly inflated market prices, in some instances.
It's a well-made piece and worth having, as a 'replica' - but - if you do possess one - please! - keep it separate and mark it so!
Some have even been noted in mainland and international token collections.
Regrettably, at time of writing, I have no idea how many were produced - or by whom! Still working on it!
The more noticeably differences in the Thomas White and Son token are:
1. the fullness and rounding of the (larger) serif script,
2..a slightly curved base on the letter E of WHITE,
3. the shape and position of the grass tufts surrounding both the Kangaroo and the Emu,
4. slight differences in the shape of the Kangaroo, (the original has a narrower neck, longer front paws, length of feet and shape of buttocks are different),
5. the Emu's neck and head are in slightly different positions,
6. the replica is produced on a minutely thicker flan with a slightly more pronounced rim.
'MASTERCAST' of HOBART!
It appears that the medallion illustrated in the Harry Murray article, in the last 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Volume 16, Issue 4 -and, also shown in the April Internet edition of the 'Numisnet World' - was actually made by 'MASTERCAST' in Hobart in 2006 – and not the 'HAFNER MINT' as labelled and mentioned in the articles.
Sorry, 'MASTERCRAFT' - we got it wrong!
Our thanks are also due to leading Tasmanian numismatist, Roger McNeice OAM, for noting the error and advising us of the true attribution - which we have recorded for future use.
THANKS - Roger!
Harry Murray Commemorative Medallion (Illustration enlarged).
Issued 2006 - not dated
The old sage, Omar Khayyám (1048 - 1131), got it right with this special verse for authors and numismatic editors:-
"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
ANOTHER MILESTONE PASSED!
Our Internet Newsletter history - in brief!
As long-time readers may know, this privately funded and published free Internet newsletter was closely affiliated with the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - the official newsletter of the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' -for a period of approximately 11 years before it took its current international format.
The on-line free newsletter was, originally, known as the Internet edition of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - a working title that was kindly provided for our use by the President, and the Executive Committee, of the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' when the idea of a free web-page, to be provided for the promotion of numismatic news - and the Society, was first mooted, by this Editor, in 1996.
A small group of progressive T.N.S. members had indicated that they were prepared to voluntarily contribute ideas and stories from their own collections, and assist in publishing an Internet newsletter on a trial basis.
The current Editor volunteered to format the newsletter and bear the cost impost for the initial exercise - and, purely as a matter of courtesy, the initial newsletter set-up was submitted for approval by the Committee, prior to publication, under the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' banner and we actively encouraged T.N.S. members' private literary contributions and suggestions.
The first trial version was prepared, and, after some minor technical suggestions by the T.N.S. Executive Committee - it appeared on the Internet in April of that year, to fit in with the regular 'Tasmanian Numismatist' publishing schedule.
It was well received, and - as they say - 'the rest is history'!
It soon became very obvious that the amount of in-coming international news was far out-stripping the capacity of the printed newsletter, so two regular separate versions of the newsletter were established.
One was the usual hard-copy, 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - published for local members' use with shared Internet version articles - and, the on-line Internet link issue would have dedicated articles to appeal to the international audience and those readers with Web access.
However, the first independent electronic issue to, actually, include the additional banner wording of - 'Internet Edition' - was not published until December 2000, and, the conception that the newsletter was a Society production became evident in correspondence.
In January 2001, due to this misunderstanding of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition' role, we found we had need to re-affirm our operating policy status, as a privately produced and financed affiliate, which was working in close co-operation with the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' - but not controlled by it.
This newsletter has always been independent, and, it is intended that it will remain so!
In July 2007, due to external demands, it was decided to expand the scope of the Internet newsletter and fully embrace the huge international audience covered by the electronic media.
We have retained our excellent relations with the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' Executive Committee, and, we will continue to remember our roots - and to also abide by the voluntary publishing guidelines and ethics that were mutually established in 1996, then clarified, and strengthened, in 2001.
The month of July 2007, also saw the necessary retitling of this now wholly independent Internet newsletter under our new 'Numisnet World' banner - and, as we step into August 2011, we are now looking back over those years of monthly Internet issues with a small amount of self-satisfaction that we are doing our small 'bit' for the greatest hobby in the world. We have grown up!
'TASMANIAN NUMISMATIST- INTERNET EDITION'
PUBLISHING HISTORY - THE EARLY DAYS.
a) The first ‘Tasmanian Numismatist’ hard-copy newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 1 - was produced by 1995 Tasmanian Numismatic Society founder and current President, Roger McNeice OAM., who was acting as temporary Editor.
It was a 10 page edition issued in July 1995 and posted out to financial members and associates. It was followed by an un-numbered issue of 12 pages in September 1995.
Volume 1 - Issue 1 (July) 1995.
Editorial Comment - Open Day notification.
Various brief notes of local interest. Several reports from members.
Articles - 'How the West was Won!' - 'Have You Heard!' (A selection of numismatic jokes.) - 'Money Magic!' - by Graeme Petterwood
Volume 1 - Un-numbered Issue (September) 1995.
Editorial Comment - Annual Dinner notification.
Various brief notes of local interest. Several reports from members.
Market Place - by Roger McNeice OAM..
Letter to the Editor - by Ian McConnelly.
The Churchill War Cabinet Presentation Medal 1945 – by Roger McNeice OAM..
Funny Money (Part 1). - by Graeme Petterwood
Trade Coinage. - by Graeme Petterwood.
(b) The ‘Tasmanian Numismatist’ lapsed again, for want of a permanent Editor, until April 1996 - when the current T.N.S. Southern Tasmanian Vice-President, Chris Heath, acting as Temporary Editor, and the current Northern Tasmanian Vice-President, Graeme Petterwood, assisting as Assistant Editor, revived the publication with club news and meeting programs.
The revival issue was known as Volume 2, Issue 1 - and a 'short edited' trial version also appeared on the Internet.
Volume 2 - Issue 1 (April)1996.
The Growth Factor.
Funny Money (Part 2). - by Graeme Petterwood.
Blasts from the Past. (Truganini) - by Graeme Petterwood.
Thirty Years On. (Decimal Currency). - by Graeme Petterwood.
1996 events Program.
INTERNET ACCESS ESTABLISHED.
(c) In May/June 1996, the following ‘Tasmanian Numismatist’ newsletter was labelled Volume 1, Issue 2 by way of a typographical error.
However, it was decided to continue on with the numbering system from that issue, rightly or wrongly, in an effort to establish some sense of continuity with local members and also to cater for the new worldwide Internet audience.
The brief trial newsletter, that was published in April on the Internet, had aroused sufficient favourable responses and it was decided to proceed with another internationally targeted edition.
The original newsletter was gradually expanded to supply additional club news, an article or two of numismatic interest and notable trends from interstate and overseas in an educational and, hopefully, entertaining fashion.
The printed newsletter is, currently, restricted to a 10 -12 page limited publication and is posted to a small number of T.N.S. members without Internet access. However, the influx of Internet users amongst local, national and international coin club ranks has seen a dramatic increase in the use of this medium for communication.
'TASMANIAN NUMISMATIST' - (INTERNET EDITION).
Issue 2 (May/June) 1996.
Early Metallic Coinages.
The Medicine Man - the famous Prof. Holloway and his pills, potions and tokens.
The Importance of having a Library.
1996 events Program.
Issue 3. (July/August 1996).
Mid-year Dinner rescheduled.
It Grew like Topsy - Inflation currency in Europe after WWI
Personal notices - Obituary of Dorothy Lockwood..
New T.N.S. Medal Releases.
Issue 4. (Sept/October 1996)
Topsy Gets Bigger, Part 2 – Inflation currency in Europe after WWI.
New release (Greg McDonald’s impending CAB magazine release).
New Australia – the story of William Lane and the Colonia Neuva Australia.
The A.J. Lockwood Medal renamed.
Issue 5. (Nov/December 1996)
Pre-Decimal Australian Coins.
Initial CAB review plus details of other notices and literature received.
History of the T.N.S. including Members Survey Form.
Issue 6. (Christmas issue 1996)
Thirty Years of Decimal Coins – a look back at the time when decimal currency was new.
The 1996 Lockwood Medal (Tom Hanley).
(d) In December 1996, it was suggested that Graeme Petterwood should formally apply for the senior position as newsletter Editor - a job he had been performing since May 1996. He was officially elected to the Editorial position at the A.G.M. on 13th Feb.1997 and remains as current Editor.
(e) It was also decided at the Feb. 1997 A.G.M. to expand the hard-copy newsletter publishing schedule from bi-monthly to monthly for an undetermined period trial basis to match the Internet version that was proving to be very successful in attracting additional membership.
(f) Due to cost imposts - concerned with stationary, copier maintenance and, eventually, replacement - that started to go beyond the reasonable financial scope of the Society – including the imposition of the G.S.T. on stationary etc. – it was decided at a special Committee meeting in December 2000 to revert back to a bi-monthly printed publication.
The privately funded monthly Internet publication continued to operate as an independent affiliate using T.N.S. guidelines.
The bi-monthly frequency for the Society's hard-copy version was successfully established within acceptable financial boundaries and still continues for those members and associates who require a printed copy. A copy sent by email is also available from the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society'.
The totally independent Internet version - now renamed 'Numisnet World' - as an assertion of its wider role - is still freely available to all national & international readers with an interest in numismatics and exonumia - as it has been since its inception in 1996.
TASMANIAN NUMISMATIC SOCIETY.
Official Postal Address.
Tasmanian Numismatic Society.
C/- Hon. Sec. C. A. Heath
P.O. Box 12.
State sponsor of the ‘Numismatic Association of Australia’.
GENERAL INDEX UPDATE.
'TASMANIAN NUMISMATIST - INTERNET EDITION' 1996 - June 2007
'NUMISNET WORLD' July 2007 - June 2011.
Early issues of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition', from 1995 - 1999. were permanently archived in 2000 and articles are not linked directly.
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/aug03.htm - 1995, 1996 - 1997 (Volumes 1 and 2) Archived. Content detail only.
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/Sept2003.htm - 1998 - 1999 (Volumes 3 and 4) Archived. Content detail only.
By referring to the 'Newsletter Archives' or 'Search' function located on the Home Page, you can directly access all current Volumes online.
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/tns.html - January 2000 (Volumes 5 - to date).
In January 2006 it was decided to grant each new issue its own URL link. which would henceforth appear in the current Index.
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/mar07.htm - 2006 (Volume 11)
The final Index of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition'
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec07.htm - 2007 (Volume 12 - Issues 1 - 6)
Full details of initial 'Numisnet World' - incorporating 'Tasmanian Numismatist' (2007)
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec07.htm - (Volume 12 - Issues 7 - 12)
For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2008)
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec08.htm - (Volume 13 - Issues 1 - 12)
For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2009)
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec09.htm - (Volume 14 - Issues 1 - 12)
For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2010)
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec10.htm - (Volume 15 - Issues 1 - 12)
For full details of 'Numisnet World (2011)
http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/jun11.htm - (Volume 16 - Issues 1 - 6)
'NUMISNET WORLD' - INDEX - July to Dec. 2011.
Issue 7. July 2011:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/july11.htm
T.N.S. RESUMPTION OF MEETINGS & PROPOSED COIN FAIR - A T.N.S. Executive Committee 'NOTIFICATION' has been received, indicating that a general meeting of past and present members, plus any interested guests, will be held on 21st. July at Battery Point Conference Centre in Hobart.
After the extraordinary long recess, due to unavailability of a suitable venue, the purpose of the meeting is to reactivate existing members' interest, stimulate new membership and discuss plans for a Coin Fair to be held, at the same venue, on 11th. September 2011.
THICK - 'n' - JUST A LITTLE BIT LUMPY! - A brief study of those 'Things' that don't sit too comfortably in our albums! We will all accumulate oddments amongst our collectibles that take a bit of thought as we seek to store them safely. I don't hope to have all the answers - but I do have a few items of the type that create grey hairs.
AUSTRALIAN CORONATION MEDALS 1937 - Just two of the scores of generic medals issued in Australia and other countries, within the old British Empire, to celebrate the Coronation of King George VI and his Queen, Elizabeth, on 12th.May 1937.
BANKNOTE ORIGAMI - An observation about the ways that banknotes were folded, to suit users' circumstances, in the days before wallets were readily available.
Issue 8. August 2011:-
GRADING - At this time of year - our Australian Winter - it is comforting to sit in the warmth of our homes and, perhaps, indulge ourselves by playing with our favourite toys! Each year, I like to remind new readers of the pleasures - and pains - of accurate grading.
This month we will again reprise an older article and revise our expertise with grading local coinage from1910 - 1964.
MAILBOX - The Case of the Morgan Dollar. - Not quite up to Sherlock Holmes, but, a query from a lady in distress needed to be addressed.
CAVEAT EMPTOR! - Collectors need to be always alert when replicas start to appear in numbers. These are always filtering through the system - and the recent improvement in quality is creating concern. The manufacturers make no bones about it - they are serving a commercial demand, and, these are another item with which to make a living. Unfortunately, their products often end up in collections - and, they can be mistaken for the real thing!
BELATED APOLOGY! - A belated sincere apology, and acknowledgement, are due to 'MASTERCAST' of Hobart for an incorrect attribution on an medallion illustration used several times during the last 5 years. We have only been recently advised, by renowned Tasmanian numismatist, Roger McNeice OAM, that it was actually 'MASTERCAST' who manufactured the impressive Harry Murray Commemorative Medallion, issued in 2006.
Thank You, Roger! The correct attribution has been recorded for future illustration instances.
ANOTHER MILESTONE PASSED! - Our July issue marked the completion of 4 years for the totally independent 'Numisnet World - Internet Edition.' It is with some satisfaction that this milestone has been passed and that the privately produced publication has been well-accepted by our exonumatic and numismatic readers. The publication was formerly online under the permitted banner of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition' for many years - and was seen as a 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' production even though it was privately funded and produced. We still enjoy excellent relations with the Society and will continue to work ethically with the T.N.S. Executive Committee and support them in their endeavours..
The ‘'NumisNet World'’ (Internet Edition) newsletter has been provided with space on this privately maintained Internet site and is currently presented free on a monthly basis with the aim of promoting the hobby of numismatics.
The ''NumisNet World'' (Internet Edition) newsletter abides by the same basic guidelines suggested for the official 'Tasmanian Numismatist' newsletter.
The ‘Tasmanian Numismatist’ newsletter is the only official newsletter of the ‘Tasmanian Numismatic Society’ and it is published periodically and distributed by post, or hand delivered, directly to members of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society and selected associates and institutions. All titles and matters pertaining to the T.N.S. are re-published with the permission of the current Executive Committee of the ‘Tasmanian Numismatic Society’.
Any literary contributions or relevant and constructive comments regarding numismatics are always welcome.
Please note that all opinions expressed in material published in the ''NumisNet World'' (Internet Edition) newsletter are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the Editor.
ALL comments in linked articles are the responsibility of the original authors.
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