Volume 18 Issue 12      Formerly published as the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition' (Est. 1996)     December 2013



Edited by Graeme Petterwood. © 2013.


The contents of this independent Internet newsletter, and all prior issues - included the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition' - are copyrighted ©, but anything herein can be fairly used to promote the great hobby of numismatics; however, we do like to be asked by commercial interests if they wish to use any of our copy. This permission, however, does not extend to any article specifically marked as copyrighted © by the author of the article.

Explicit permission from the author, or the Editor of the  NumisNet World' '(Internet Edition) newsletter, is required - in writing - prior to use of that material.


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 - 2013.  

Krause-Mishler (KM) Standard and Specialized World Catalogs (also including 'Pick' banknote numbers) - 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.



Where on-line web-site Links or addresses are supplied, they are done so in good faith - however, our readers are advised, that, if a personal decision to access them is made - it is at your own risk.





23rd. November, 2013

On the evening of Saturday 23rd. November, 2013 - the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' celebrated 50 years of comradeship.

The Golden Jubilee Anniversary Dinner was located at a great venue - 'The Oriental '  - Sandy Bay Rd., Hobart.

It was a well attended function - and we appreciated the excellent and courteous service - and thoroughly enjoyed a traditional Chinese feast of many mouth-watering platters ... and something to wash it down!

It was a night of hearty goodwill between old and newer members of the Society and a pleasant blending of past and present reminiscences.

It was great to catch up with some of our retired past members who made the effort to attend and add their experiences to the rich conversation. The atmosphere, food and service were excellent! A night to remember!


The guest speaker, the eloquent Mr. M. R. 'Bob' Roberts of 'Wynyard Coin Centre' in Sydney, was warmly received!

Bob has been a wonderful friend of the Society and its members for many decades and has been an honoured guest of the Society on a previous auspicious occasion, and, it was amazing that his witty repartee hadn't diminished with time and his address was still inspirational to collectors of all ages - and, for that, we sincerely thank him!


At the end of Bob's fascinating and informative address - and, after all the the questions and comments had been asked and answered - T.N.S. President, Mr. Roger McNeice OAM, took the opportunity to bestow a special 'Award of Life Membership' along with a 'Certificate of Appreciation' and a T.N.S. Membership Badge upon our guest speaker.

These Society honours were humbly accepted by the recipient -  and enthusiastically endorsed with sustained applause from the guests!  We like Bob!

Additionally, Bob was also presented with a specially prepared T.N.S. Silver-plated Jubilee medallion.

(The only other made available to the public from an extremely limited issue - was auctioned to raise funds for the Society - and Bob graciously made the final successful bid for the rarity.)


M. R. (Bob) Roberts - Tasmanian Numismatic Society's newest Life Member - November 2013

Pics. Courtesy of Roger McNeice OAM

(Additional photos of the Dinner to follow as available.)


Our other special guests, Peter and Janis Lane, also came a long way to attend the function - and were gracious in sending an email of thanks to the our President Roger McNeice OAM and Hon. Sec. Chris Heath.


To Roger & Chris,

I would like to thank everyone for inviting us to your Hobart 50th Anniversary dinner. Both Janis and I enjoyed ourselves very much.

We enjoyed our table’s conversations with Richard Watson, Chris Heath, Graeme Petterwood, and Noel Harper and his wife Jeanette.

All have been active collectors and talked about their experiences and their collecting interests which I found fascinating.

They, along with us, were thrilled that the current committee had organized the event.

We also caught up with our long-time friends, Phil Nichols and Stephen Cole.

Bob Roberts and his manager (Joe)  gave some thought provoking comments on the industry and some jokes to lighten the night.

I found Roger McNeice’s talk on the TNS early days most interesting and informative.  

The Numismatic Association of Australia congratulates all those involved in the Tasmanian Numismatic Society and collectors in general in Tasmania. We wish you well for the next fifty years.

The day before we flew back to Adelaide I caught up with my long-time friend Roger McNeice for a lengthy chat on his books and Tasmanian numismatics in general.

Congratulations to all especially to Roger & Chris for organizing this successful event.

Peter & Janis Lane


Several items - including a personalized Jubilee Dinner 2013 'Certificate of Attendance' (pic.) - a limited edition bimetallic '50th. Anniversary Dinner' token with an enclosed 1963 Sixpence - some also had the outer brass ring especially counter-stamped with 'H'  (Hobart) - and a limited edition (50) T.N.S. Matt Gold Jubilee medallion (see below), were distributed to guests to help celebrate the propitious event. Copies of relevant newspaper clippings and magazine articles, depicting Society history, brought back some wonderful memories from the 1960 - 70's that our newer members also appreciated.


(top) - T.N.S. 38mm. bimetallic (counter-stamped 'H') - enclosed 1963 50% Silver Sixpence (obverse)

T.N.S. 51mm x 5mm Matt Gold Jubilee Medallion 1963 - 2013

(bottom) - T.N.S.  52mm x 3mm Silver-plated 2013 Distinguished Service Medallion

T.N.S. 38mm. bimetallic - (no counter-stamp) enclosed 1963 50% Silver Sixpence (reverse)

(The large medallions have a edge-wreath reverse with a raised inscription.)


An extremely pleasant surprise, for this attendee, was the presentation of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society's Distinguished Service Medal by long-time friend and numismatic colleague - T.N.S. President Roger McNeice OAM.

(Silver plated, edge inscribed - recipient's name & date 2013 - shown above.)


'Tasmanian Numismatic Society'

2013 Distinguished Service Medal

Certificate and Citation




I recently saw a few seconds of a morning TV news-grab regarding a piece of material that - after DNA  testing - has been proven to have come from the famous 'Southern Cross' flag from the Eureka Stockade battle.  It may be that other remnants have survived in private hands!

The following extract is from 'Numisnet World' June 2004 (Volume 9)


The 'Southern Cross' flag flown at Eureka stockade was a makeshift banner that was designed by a Canadian miner from Toronto, named 'Captain' Henry Ross (incorrectly recorded as Lt. 'Charles' Ross by the press and the authorities at the time), who was fatally wounded during the uprising.

In truth - he fought and died for his flag! 

The important story of Henry 'Charles' Ross has not been fully appreciated until recently.

 Refer: http://users.netconnect.com.au/~ianmac/ross.html


Henry 'Charles' Ross - 1829 - 1854

The flag was described in the 'Ballarat Times' by Raffello Carboni who was a close friend of Henry Ross:

'There is no flag in Europe or the civilised world half so beautiful….. The flag is silk, blue ground, with a large silver cross; no device or arms, but exceedingly chaste and natural.' 

Full detail - refer:-  http://www.eurekasydney.com/flag.html

It is now believed that the flag, hoisted to the top of an 80' flagpole, was sewn by miners' wives, Anastasia Withers, Anne Duke and Elizabeth Hayes, from a blue woollen mohair fabric that was readily available from the local tent-maker - and its colour actually represented the colour of the miners shirts.

White or buff-coloured cotton lawn material, that came from a petticoat, was used to form the Cross and 8-pointed Stars - but., to the congregation on that day, it didn't really matter - only that the flag formed from the pieces had become the symbol of their unity!
The torn, bullet-riddled and faded flag recovered after the battle was carefully restored - as best it could be - and it is now in safekeeping in Ballarat Fine Art Gallery for future generations to consider if it is the flag that symbolised the birth of democracy in this country!

No one will ever know how much gold was taken out of the ground around Ballarat during those turbulent years, but the effect was dramatic in the history of Australia - and it has reached forward into our lives a century and a half later.

This is why we should remember the reason ...the 'why' part ... of our heritage -  that was earned by blood, sweat and tears during those deadly 15 minutes at the Eureka Stockade when good men died under the banner of Henry Ross' Southern Cross!

The full story:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/june04.htm



The General Index below will, hopefully, give a few leads and ideas that may be useful in enabling readers to start their own research. We also delve into our own archives and bring to our readers - particularly our newer friends - a 'Blast from the Past' - a selected Internet issue - a memory from a decade or more ago.

This December 2013, we are featuring the December 2003 issue of the original 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition (Volume 8), that gives a retrospective peek at what was happening to the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society', its members -  and the hobby - at the time. 

 Refer:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec2003.htm





1995 - June 2007

The detail of contents of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition' and 'Numisnet World' can be seen at the following links. Copies of articles are usually available by email, upon request from the Editor or the original author - or, if directly accessed, subject to those copyright provisions laid down in our current terms of use.  Articles will not be posted by mail services.

Early issues of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition', from 1995 - 1999. were archived in 2000 and articles are not linked.

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)




JULY 2007 - DECEMBER 2013.

Full details of '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)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec11.htm  -  (Volume 16 - Issues 7 - 12)

For full details of 'Numisnet World (2012)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/june12.htm  -  (Volume 17 - Issues 1 - 6)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec12.htm   -  (Volume 17 - Issues 7 - 12)

For full details of 'Numisnet World (2013)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/june13.htm  -  (Volume 18 - Issues 1 - 6)


ISSUE 7. July 2013:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/july13.htm

THE ROSES AMONGST THE THORNS - (Commemorative Coinage) - Special pieces of metal - that we now refer to as either medals or coins - have been made to commemorate a special event, place or person since Man found the ways of making metal do his bidding.. In this article we hope to give a brief modern history of our national coinage that has been encompassed in this millennia-old practice.

NOT TO BE FOUND IN POCKET CHANGE! - (Non-Circulating Legal Tender) - Broadly speaking, this category of coinage has been made for 'display purposes' only. The concept was developed over the last few decades by Perth Mint, and now we see a deluge of confusing short-term issues - with little relevance to the general public except as pretty works-of-art in metal - and, it is flooding onto the market in short powerful squirts!

It is presented as a precious bullion metal investment ingot that is given a specific face value to legitimise it as a coin  - thus it becomes legal tender for that stated value if cashed at a bank or financial institution.

This new marketing strategy has attracted a new string of collectors - in similar fashion as the postage stamp frenzy of a few decades ago.

It is slowly finding its own path away from traditional numismatics, I believe - and edging towards exonumia with a medallion-type ingot status.


ISSUE 8. August 2013:-  http://www.vision.au/~pwood/aug13.htm

FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE BOX - Every numismatist has a 'box' that contains the accumulated oddments that are acquired along with the collectibles that fit the required parameters of the hobby. Many of these are legitimate - but are not in the mainstream - some are more suited to be labelled exonumia.

Occasionally, these oddments can prove to be a distraction that exerts a powerful influence on our time as we fall under their spell.

BEREAVEMENT - It is with regret we pass on notification of the recent passing of HRH Princess Shirley of Hutt River. A brief history of Hutt River is also included for those who may wonder about this self-proclaimed fiefdom.

T.N.S. PRESIDENTIAL NOTES - In the interest of our readers, we have included several memos from T.N.S. President Roger McNeice regarding clearance of remainders of historical medallions recently discovered during a clean-up of 'TASMEDALS' archives. 'First in - first served'

TASMANIAN PASSES, CHECKS & CLUB TOKENS - A little historical background on the use of the Bellerive Ferry Turnstile Tokens.


Issue 9. September 2013:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/sep13.htm

THE GOOD OLD 'REPRISE' - There comes a time when ideas are hard to come by, time is too short - or other more pressing reasons influence the content of this independently produced newsletter. In such instances - and for new readers, we try to resurrect an educational article that may have been written some time ago and which we consider are worthy of another airing. Sometimes, further facts have been uncovered - and that makes it worth a second look!

CENTRAL MIDDLE-EASTERN NUMERALS - Not all scripts are easy to understand for novice numismatists. This brief article is not truly a reprise - but, it is an invigorated lesson about central Mid-Eastern numerals, particularly those of Arabic origin, that will be encountered quite frequently as we accumulate our various coin and banknote samples..

OUT OF THE VAULT - 'THE MEDICINE MAN!' - This is also a new look at an incredible character - Professor Thomas Holloway  - with some new informative links that shed extra light on this story of inspired enterprise.


Issue 10. October 2013:-   http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/oct13.htm

MONEY OF THE MEDITERRANEAN - A pictorial browse through some of the coinage and currency of the nations that border the worlds largest near-landlocked sea - the Mediterranean.

Some would say that the Mediterranean Sea is the cradle of our modern civilization - and, that the concepts of paper currency over metallic coinage - as we know it today - were fine-tuned and developed in this area after the links between China in the East and Italy in the West were forged by 'Marco Polo' et al.... and the process is still on-going!

ARE WE READY FOR A LINKED UNIVERSAL CURRENCY? - The world jury is still out on the advantages - or not - of having blocs of nations forgoing their national currencies in favour of a more inclusive trading arrangement - such as the Euro-zone and its one currency.

Whether the other major entities in Northern America - the United States of America, Canada and Mexico -  the Russian Federation and China - as well as the Austral-Asian-Pacific, African and South American areas - will also head down this path remains to be seen.


Issue 11. November 2013:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/nov13.htm

T.N.S. JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS - The first 50 years have slipped by and now it's time to celebrate. A special Jubilee Dinner - complete with the availability of medallions to commemorate the occasion will be held on Saturday 23rd. November 2013 - all members and guests have been invited.

THE BARE ESSENTIALS - There are certain things that can bear an educational repetition on occasion  - one is a reminder of what sort of basic kit that a budding numismatist needs have at their initial disposal, to be able to function efficiently in his/her hobby. This bare essentials  'tool kit' need not be expensive - and it can be put together as expertise, and your collection, grows.  As finances allow - a collector may consider the investment value of his asset and be prepared to match it with more outlay as far as accessories are concerned.

WHEN MONEY LOOKED LIKE MONEY! - Of course, each generation looks at things in a different way - that is the way it is....

However, some of us - who may have been around for a few years - can recollect the various changes that have occurred to our 'daily bread '- or I should say - our currency. It pays to take a retrospective look, occasionally, at these things - sometimes, we need a reminder of what we now no longer have from an artistic aspect - and make sure we do not forget these mini works of art we have on our banknotes.

LITERARY ALERT! -Two new books - covering aspects of Tasmanian tokens and official coinage - as well as the famous Cessation of Transportation Medallion - are in the process of being released by Roger V. McNeice OAM.  Watch for details - these are limited editions and will be quickly sold out!


Issue 12 December 2013:-

'TASMANIAN NUMISMATIC SOCIETY' GOLDEN JUBILEE DINNER -  On this slightly damp Saturday evening, 23rd. November 2013,  the spirits were high - the atmosphere was cordial - and the T.N.S. members celebrated their Golden Jubilee with appropriate gusto! 

By any standards, a 50 year span is a very  significant achievement. It was a grand night - the food was excellent and plentiful - the company illustrious  - and the  stories of past acquisitions, triumphs, encounters - and a few disasters - were freely flowing - and, dare I say, some even brought a tear to the eye, or a hearty laugh, as we remembered past companions and wished that they were still with us.

THE BATTLE OF THE EUREKA STOCKADE - A recently recovered piece of fabric has be found to be a part of the iconic Australian flag of rebellion. - the Eureka 'Southern Cross' banner! Official  DNA testing has confirmed that the composition of the blue 'rag' is identical to that of the Southern Cross -  and that it is, in all probability, what it has been purported to be by the owners who retain ownership but have loaned it in perpetuity to the nation.





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