Volume 8 Issue 12                          INTERNET EDITION                                      December 2003.

We trust that this issue of the Internet Edition will continue to provide interesting reading. The name of this Internet based newsletter is in keeping with the content so, bearing in mind our disclaimers, the Internet links selected are usually complimentary to the featured article in regard to: (1) illustrations and, (2) additional important information. Please also bear in mind that some Internet links are of a temporary nature.



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It is not often that an organisation such as a coin club can boast that it still has several of its original founding members supporting it after 40 years.

We have told the story of the founding of the T.N.S. in previous issues - and it was decided, after some discussion, that we would hold an informal 'friends-together' BBQ on Sunday, November 16th., to celebrate the occasion. A previous celebratory BBQ event had proven extremely popular so the idea was well supported.

The site chosen was, again, at Tolosa Park, Glenorchy - just outside Hobart - and it was gratifying to see a good turn-up of members and guests from various areas of the state who made the effort to attend the 'open air' event as the early forecast for the day was certainly not all that positive.

My wife, Ailsa, and I started our drive down to Hobart on Saturday at midday and struck extremely nasty crosswinds on the highlands.

Our normal 2 1/2 hour trip to Chris Heath's place took 3 hours - it was a case of 'drive' all the way!

That afternoon the temperature had peaked at 33C (90F) with gusty gale force winds in Hobart and, in the far distance behind Mt. Wellington, we could see plumes of smoke rising as it is already bushfire 'season' in our state. 

(In fact, on the next day, a total fire ban was introduced - so it would have been 'bad luck about the BBQ' if that had happened 24 hours earlier.)

Just before dusk, on Saturday afternoon, the sky seriously blackened and we had showers but it didn't cool things down too much and the wind was still hitting the house with such force that it was virtually shaking it as we hit the sack. Things were not looking too promising for our Sunday 'in the park' BBQ.

Sunday dawned overcast and considerably cooler - so much so that we dragged out our heavier clothing and threw our jackets in the car just in case.

However, the weather stayed fine, the wind dropped and we all looked forward to having a marvellous time.

 We were certainly lucky to have picked the right time of the day to enjoy ourselves - and we had the shelter of the picturesque wooden hut if we needed it.

Our own group, Chris Heath, my wife Ailsa and myself, arrived at Tolosa Park at a little after 11.00a.m. and got the fire going under the BBQ plate and waited for the rest of the members to arrive.



      Ailsa Petterwood and Chris Heath check out the on-site BBQ.               Chris and Graeme Nossister monitoring the meat.


The next on the scene was my old varieties collecting mate, Ian McConnelly, followed in close succession by a stream of cars playing follow-the-leader across to the site overlooking the lake.

Our sense of mateship was once again re-inforced as we gathered around the large wood-fired BBQ and threw on our meat and 'whatever' to cook.

The ladies fussed with the extras, and the men stood around talking -  and poking at the fire and the cooking meat - a very traditional scene.



               Roger McNeice and Ian McConnelly having a yarn.          Roger and Kevin Hogue discuss the provenence of a convict love token.


Of course, being numismatists, it didn't take long for the conversations to focus on our hobby - and the one or two treasures to appear.

At times like this, with such a casual atmosphere, the opportunity to swap information is far more liable to occur than at a formal meeting.

In fact, the only formal moment that occurred was that the Society's President, Roger McNeice, took a little time to outline the history of the Society and its aspirations for the future. He then took the opportunity to make two presentations as we stood around after lunch having a convivial drink and chatting amongst ourselves.

The first was the President's Award for Service to the President and the Society and that was awarded to Christopher Heath for the sterling assistance he has provided to the president over the last 12 months. CONGRATULATIONS, CHRIS!

The second award was the Society's Bronze Medal Award  and that was awarded to this Editor, Graeme Petterwood, for the newsletter presentation during 2003 and it was great to be there in person to accept the honour - for a job I love doing - on such an auspicious occasion as the 40th Anniversary of the Society.


Everyone who attended the BBQ was of the opinion that this celebratory get-together well and truly achieved its purpose of bringing our members together and that, despite the ominous predictions regarding the weather, we couldn't have enjoyed ourselves more. Roll on the next 40 years!



      Tom Williamson chatting with some of the ladies who braved the weather.  Cheeky remarks didn't disturb the in-depth conversations of our members.


A little after 3.30 p.m. the wind got up again - but by that time people were packing up because some of the day-trippers had to drive the couple of hundred kilometers north again.

Our next informal BYO-BBQ - Meeting, to start the New Year of 2004, is planned to be held in the north of the state at a time and place to be announced.

Details will be forthcoming in our newsletter as they are confirmed, and, as usual, members and guests will be most welcome.



It is considered that the A.G.M. of the T.N.S. should now be held in conjunction with our February BYO-BBQ  which is tentalively set down to be at Tolosa Park, Glenorchy, on Sunday 8th February 2004, commencing at 11.00 a.m. - subject to the Park being available at that time - as both events are due at that time.


All present elected Committee positions* will be declared vacant on the day, and nominations will be called to fill these positions for the next twelve months.

In the event of more than one nomination for the vacancy, a ballot of members present at the Meeting will be held to determine the incumbent.. Previous Committee members are eligible for re-election to any position. All financial members are eligible for nomination and should try to attend this most important annual meeting.

If you are considering nominating for any of the above posistions you may contact our T.N.S. Secretary, Mr. Chris Heath, and lodge your intention in advance.

Committee positions are currently held by:

Honorary Patron:                                                  Mr. Bill Bleathman.

President:                                                           Mr. R. McNeice OAM; FRNS.*

Vice President (North)/Editor/Public relations:       Mr. G. Petterwood.*

Vice President (South)/Public Officer/Secretary:    Mr. C. Heath.* 

Treasurer:                                                            Mr. K. Hogue.* 

Committee/Internet Webmaster:                            Mr. P. Petterwood.* 

Honorary Auditor:                                                 Mr. R. Watson. 



In our last issue, I mentioned the fact that  I had misplaced several items that I had obtained in a swap with a fellow collector last year.

After a rather tedious search in all the wrong places I have relocated them in the place I should have searched first - of course!  Like most busy people I tend to throw some things into an 'in tray' until I can  get to them - in my case it was a small cupboard under a bookcase in my office - but I didn't get round to them at all.

Anyway, all my 'lost sheep' from Canada, England and New Zealand have now been found!

Like the Canadian coin sets that were featured in the previous article I will never make a fortune from these sets as  'investments' but, as a numismatist, each piece gives me great pleasure just to be its custodian. In this issue, I have selected two United Kingdom sets to feature - as they are relevant to my own generation.

Hopefully, in the New Year, I may be able to share some of the others with you as well.




Lady Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyon was born on 4th. August 1900, the 9th. child of the 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. As a young teenage girl, she was involved with caring for convalescing English soldiers who were taken to the family home during the Great War. The sense of caring never left her and, all her long life, she was known for her compassionate nature. In 1920 she met and was wooed by Prince Albert. Their engagement was announced in January 1923 and they were married in April. Three years later the present Queen, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born and, in 1930, a second princess, Margaret Rose, was also born.

After the death of his father King George V, and by a quirk of fate, Prince Albert was proclaimed king when his elder brother, Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936, prior to coronation,  to marry an American divorcee. In Royal circles, the religious hierarchy and the Establishment, Edward's decision was an unacceptable sin  - so the legitimate heir to the throne of England was virtually forced to step aside under dire threats that his action could destroy the monarchy.

The shocked Prince Albert chose the regnal title of King George VI and he and his Queen, Elizabeth, faced a world that was fast approaching war once again.

During the ensuing war years the Royal Couple remained in London - even at the height of the Blitz- and experienced the same problems as many other Londoners when their home at Buckingham Palace was bombed. Queen Elizabeth was reported as saying. "Now I can look my fellow Londoners in the eye!"

Their presence was a tremendous morale-booster to the English populace and Hitler was known to have commented that Queen Elizabeth, with her resolve, was the "most dangerous woman in Europe".

The late 1940's and early 1950's brought mixed fortunes for the Queen. In 1947 her daughter, Elizabeth had married Philip Mountbatten much to the delight of the King- however, his indifferent health  took a turn for the worse and, in the early hours of January 6th 1952, he passed away.

The nation and the Commonwealth mourned an extremely well-loved and gentle monarch

Princess Elizabeth, the heir to the throne, was crowned Queen Elizabet II in 1953 and the role of Queen Mother was accepted by her widowed mother, Elizabeth.

Over the next 4 decades the Queen Mother threw herself into her job as 'Royal Ambassadoress' with great relish.

n her old age she still kept up a cracking pace and she said she was holding on so that she could get a 100 year congratulatory message from the Queen - she eventually did.

The Commonwealth of Nations and her beloved Londoners paid homage to this grand lady on the auspicious occasion of her 100th birthday and then  - as if she felt she could now close the book - she passed away soon afterwards and the nation was plunged into deep mourning. An era had come to an end.


The uncirculated Coin set  shown above was issued to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Queen Mother and it contained a Five Pound Crown coin in Cupro-Nickel that featured her Royal Cypher as the reverse and Queen Elizabeth II as its obverse. The coin weight was 28.28 grms and its diameter was 38.61 mm.





The second uncirculated United Kingdom Coin set that I consider to be outstanding, particularly for its packaging presentation, is the set issued in 1994 to commemorate the D-day Landing at Normandy by the Allied forces.

The outer sleeve (shown above) feature one of Great Britain's most notable characters - the Tower of London Guard, familiarly known as a Beefeater.

Also featured is the Tower porticulus which is holed in such a way as to view part of the internal sleeve that depicts  the Tower of London, a Scottish Piper, the green hills of northern Ireland and  the Welsh castle at Carnavon.

The reverse of the inner sleeve (shown above) presents a potted history of the famous D-Day Landing and a portrayal of wartime Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill.

The dramatic depiction of the 50 Pence commemorative coin was designed by John Mills and reflects his memories of that fateful day - 6th June 1944.

The standard coins from One penny - 10 Pence were designed by Christopher Ironside and the 20 Pence by William Gardner.

In this instance the 50 Pence was by John Mills, the One Pound by Norman Sillman and the Two pounds by Leslie Durban.

As has been recent practice, the two high value coins have been selected for occasional commemorative use. A Lion Rampant within a double tressure is featured on the One Pound whilst a depiction of Britannia within the corporate seal of the bank of England - as well as the royal cyphers of William and Mary - are featured on the Two Pound coin along with the dates 1694 - 1994 and the words 'Bank of England'  in script reminiscent of that used on banknotes of the era.


One Penny - Alloy: Copper-plated Steel - Weight: 3.56grms - Diameter: 20.32mm.

Two Pence - Alloy: Copper-plated Steel - Weight  7.13grms - Diameter: 25.91mm.

Five Pence - Alloy: Cupro-nickel - Weight: 3.35grms - Diameter: 18.00mm.

Ten Pence - Alloy: Cupro-nickel - Weight: 6.50grms - Diameter: 24.50mm.

Twenty Pence - Alloy: Cupro-nickel - Weight: 5.00grms - Diameter: 21.40mm.

Fifty Pence - Alloy: Cupro-nickel - Weight: 13.50grms - Diameter: 30.00mm.

One Pound - Alloy: Nickel-brass - Weight: 9.50grms - Diameter: 22.50mm.

Two Pounds - Alloy: Nickel-brass - Weight: 15.98grms - Diameter: 28.40mm.


Main Reference:

Royal Mint, Llantrisant, Mid Glamorgan.




The United States Mint has just announced that it will break with tradition and, for two years, will feature a different design than that of the famous Monticello building - which was introduced in 1938 based on a design by Felix Schlag - on the reverse of the Jefferson 5 Cent Nickel coins.

The U.S. Mint media release was made recently and the following detail from the Mint's homepage explains the new design and the reason for its introduction. Further images taken at the media release can be seen on the Mint's homepage (details below).


Official U.S. Mint photo

Gerard A. Baker, Superintendent of the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, United States Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore, and Capt. William Clark (portrayed by Craig Rockwell, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), after unveiling the United States Mint's new 2004 nickel designs

"In commemoration of the Louisiana Purchase, and Lewis and Clark's expedition, the President enacted Public Law 108-15 to modify the Jefferson five-cent coin (nickel) in 2003, 2004 and 2005, to reflect images evocative of their historic expedition into the Louisiana Territory. A depiction of Monticello will return to the nickel in 2006. The obverse will continue to bear the likeness of President Jefferson.

2004 Spring Design: "Louisiana Purchase/Peace Medal"

Nickel reverse: Louisiana Purchase/Peace Medal design

The first of two new reverses on the 2004-dated Jefferson nickel will feature a rendition of the reverse of the original Indian Peace Medal commissioned for Lewis and Clark's expedition, bearing the likeness of America's third president on one side, and symbols of peace and friendship on the other. The medals were presented to Native American chiefs and other important leaders as tokens of goodwill at treaty signings and other events.

The design, by United States Mint sculptor/engraver Norman E. Nemeth, features two hands clasped in friendship - one with a military uniform cuff, symbolizing the American government, and the other with a silver band adorned with beads and a stylized American eagle, representing the Native American community with whom the United States sought good relations.


Nickel reverse: Keelboat design2004 Fall Design: "Keelboat"

In late 2004, the 2004-dated Jefferson nickel will feature an angled, side-view of the keelboat with full sail that transported members of the expedition and their supplies through the rivers of the Louisiana Territory in search of a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean. Built to the specifications of Captain Lewis, the 55-foot keelboat could be sailed, rowed, poled like a raft, or towed from the riverbank. The design, by United States Mint sculptor/engraver Al Maletsky, shows Captains Lewis and Clark in full uniform in the bow of the keelboat."




United States Mint (URL. http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/index.cfm?flash=yes&action=nickel_series )



History of Peace Medals

by Jerry Adams T.N.S. member # 363

In consideration of the fact that a Peace Medal will be featured on the 2004 U.S. Nickel, we have reprised part of an article written by our Member, Jerry Adams, to explain the reasoning behind the issuance of these large 'goodwill gesture' medals

  The earliest records of peace medals being given to American Indians comes from the Colonial days, when the British, Spanish and French all gave medals to important Indian chiefs, as a goodwill gesture. The Indian chiefs highly prized these medals, and the British medals were solid silver, and had the image of the reigning monarch on one side and his coat of arms on the reverse. Once the Colonies won their independence from Britain, the new American government saw the need to continue bestowing these peace medals to important individuals in the Indian nations. By 1787, the U.S. Secretary of War, Henry Knox sought to have the government supply medals for presentation to important Indian chiefs. Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson also saw the importance of the use of medals as peace offerings to the Indians. He stated that the medals were "marks of friendship". 

Peace medals were often given to chiefs upon signing of treaties, and visits to the national capital by important Indian chiefs.  When Lewis and Clark left on their famous 1804 expedition of exploration across the uncharted areas of the west, they took with them a large supply of medals. These medals were always presented to the Indian chief with much flourish, and  impressive ceremonies to impress upon the Indians the importance of the medal. 

As with the British medals, the American medals were to bear the likeness of the President currently in office, and a symbol of peace on the reverse. Great pains were made to produce artistic medals that would be impressive to the Indians. The first medals were produced during the presidency of Washington, and they were hand engraved on oval plates of silver, about 4 inches by 6 inches in size. No medals were produced during the presidency of John Adams, but later the John Adams peace medals were made to complete the series. 

The first medals that we would recognize today were made during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. They were made in three sizes, the large was 4" in diameter, the medium size was 3 inches  in diameter and the small was 2 inches in diameter.   These medals were struck by dies which were engraved directly by the die engraver, working directly on the steel die.  

A description of the medal is a legend which reads:  TH. JEFFERSON PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. A.D. 1801.  On the reverse were shown two hands clasped, one with a cuff with three stripes and three buttons, the other hand shows a cuff and an eagle.  Above the hands is a crossed peace pipe and tomahawk, and the words PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP inside the design.

For some reason this is known as the #1 Reverse although a similar design - now called Reverse #2 -  was first introduced by George Washington during his term in office. The same #2 Reverse was used on the John Adams' medals produced to complete the range.

The Native American wrist is shown as cuffless on all #2 Reverses.



Peace Medal Illustrations (supplied from the Jerry Adams collection) - not to Scale


                  3"(76mm) Peace Medal - #2 Reverse                     Lewis and Clark                       Oval Peace Medal


A listing of Early U.S. Presidents in Order of Office

For those unfamiliar with the names and order of the early American Presidents, here is a listing of those 24 who produced Peace Medals.

From Grover Cleveland onwards only Inaugural Medals were issued.

I have included William Henry Harrison's Inaugural Medal which was struck in the 1880's but he was not around long enough as President to issue a Peace Medal.

On March 4, 1841, he had delivered an extremely  long inaugural speech of about 105 minutes. It was an extremely cold day and Harrison did not wear a hat while delivering  his speech. He contracted pneumonia and died in the White House one month later. Reference: http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/whharrison.html


              President                                     	Date of office                                                            U.S. Mint medal types 
1.   George Washington      	1789-1797			Peace (2nd type reverse)
2.   John Adams			1797-1801			Peace (2nd type reverse)
3.   Thomas Jefferson		1801-1809			Peace (1st type reverse)
4.   James Madison		1809-1817			Peace (2nd type reverse)
5.   James Monroe		1817-1825			Peace (2nd type reverse)
6.   John Quincy Adams		1825-1829			Peace (2nd type reverse)
7.   Andrew Jackson		1829-1837			Peace (2nd type reverse)
8.   Martin Van Buren		1837-1841			Peace (2nd type reverse)
9.   William H. Harrison	1841-1841			Inaugural (struck in 1880s)
10.  John Tyler			1841-1845			Peace (2nd type reverse)
11.  James Polk			1845-1849			Peace (2nd type reverse)
12.  Zachary Taylor		1849-1850			Peace (2nd type reverse)
13.  Millard Fillmore		1850-1853			Peace (farmer reverse)
14.  Franklin Pierce		1853-1857			Peace (farmer reverse)
15.  James Buchanan		1857-1861			Peace (farmer reverse)
16.  Abraham Lincoln		1861-1865			Inaugural & Peace (scalping)
17   Andrew Johnson		1865-1869			Peace (Columbia reverse)
18.  Ulysses S. Grant		1869-1877			Inaugural & Peace (globe)
19.  Rutherford Hayes		1877-1881			Inaugural and Oval Peace
20.  James Garfield		1881-1881			Inaugural and Oval Peace
21.  Chester Arthur		1881-1885			inaugural and Oval Peace	
22.  Grover Cleveland		1885-1889			Inaugural and Oval Peace
23.  Benjamin Harrison		1889-1893			Inaugural and Oval Peace
24.  Grover Cleveland		1893-1897			Inaugural and Oval Peace


"Indian Peace Medals in American History" by Francis Paul Prucha, 1994, Univ. of Oklahoma Press (highly recommended for study of Indian Peace medals)

"INTRODUCTION to the U.S."PRESIDENTIAL SERIES" MEDALS by Jerry Adams T.N.S. member # 363  (Tasmanian Numismatist Feb. 2003)

Refer to main article for full list of sources used in preparing the featured story. http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/feb03.htm





With the inclusion of the U.S. Nickel 5 Cent coin into the range of American commemoratives, I wonder how long it will be before we find our only other suitable Australian coin, the 10 cents, also considered as eligible to join the ranks of our own commemorative coinage. Quite often these types of lower value coins are chosen as an 'once only' short term issue but tend to be selected again and again once the trend has been established. (All coins shown below are representative of the author's collection)


From the release of a purely Australian coinage in 1910 until the commencement of circulating Decimal currency in early 1966, we had a total of 6 issues of commemorative coins - and that is if we count the 1938 Crown as a separate commemorative coin.

In comparison with the 1937 Crown, which commemorated the ascendency to the throne by  King George VI , the inclusion of the 1938 Crown is a rather dubious decision on my part as there were no sound reasons for its issuance.

Mintage figures show that 1,008,000 of the 1937 Crowns were produced compared to 101,000 of the 1938 coin. (Shown below)



1937 and 1938 Crowns

(Illustrations not to scale - Actual diameter 38.5mm., Weight 28.27 grms.)


From 1966 up to date, 37 years, our circulating commemoratives number is in the vicinity of 46, and the designs of NCLT commemorative coins number in the hundreds. For those who are interested, I have compiled a list of the circulating coins in our basic range - what was - and what now is................



1927 Canberra Florin

1934 - 35 Melbourne Centenary Florin

1937 King George VI Crown

1938 King George VI Crown

1951 50th Anniverary of Federation Florin

1954 Royal Visit Florin




Australia's Four Commemorative Florins

(Illustrations not to Scale - Actual size 28.5mm., Weight 11.31 grms.)



1995 United Nations 20 Cents

2001 Sir Donald Bradman 20 Cents

2001 Federation State and Territory Range (x 9) 20 Cents

2003 Australian Volunteers 20 Cents


1970 Captain Cook Discovery Bicentenary 50 Cents

1977 Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee 50 Cents

1981 Charles and Diana Wedding 50 Cents

1982 Commonwealth Games 50 Cents

1988 Australia's Bicentenary 50 Cents

1991 25th Anniverary of Decimal Coinage 50 Cents

1994 Year of the family 50 Cents

1995 50th Anniverary of the End of WWII (Weary Dunlop) 50 Cent

1998 Bass and Flinders Anniversary 50 Cents

2000 Millennium Year 50 Cents

2000 Royal Visit 50 Cents

2001 Centenary of Federation 50 Cents

2001 Federation State and Territory Range (x 9) 50 Cents

2002 Year of the Outback 50 Cents

2003 Australian Volunteers 50 Cents   


2002 Year of the Outback and 2003 Australian Volunteers 50 Cents

(Illustrations not to Scale - Actual size 31.50mm., Weight 15.55 grms.)


1986 Year of Peace Dollar

1988 1st Fleet Bicentenary Dollar

1993 Landcare Dollar

1994 The Dollar 's Decade Anniversary Dollar

1996 Henry Parkes Centenary Dollar

1997 Centenary of the Birth of Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith  Dollar

1999 Year of the Older Persons Dollar

2001 Centenary of Federation Dollar

2001 International Year of the Volunteer Dollar

2002 Year of the Outback Dollar

2003 Australian Volunteers Dollar



The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes (10th Edition) by Greg McDonald 2003




How many of us own a 1930 Penny or a Star Note - in any condition?

I would venture to say that 99% of collectors do not, and never will, own such a treasure as one of these.

Recently, I was asked to appraise a small range of coins for a friend of a friend and, although I was rather pressed for time that evening, I sat down and spent an interesting half-hour sifting through what many dealers would call 'shrapnel'.

Why was it so interesting? Because the collector was so enthusiastic about her handful of pre-decimal well-circulated coins that it rubbed off on me.

She knew that they were nothing much as far as value was concerned - but the point is that she had accumulated them because she liked them and wanted to know more about them. I felt like a school-teacher with a new student as I watched the eager acceptance of the knowledge I was able to provide.

I felt that, at least, by expressing an interest I may have fanned the numismatic spark a little and who knows where that could lead in the long term.

After she had departed, I reflected on what I had told her about choosing the best example and always trying to upgrade her coins. It is a fact that the huge majority of collectors are working down in the lower grades of condition. These people are the most genuine collectors - they get their coins in their change and it is only when they are hooked that they consider 'buying' a coin. It is a reflection of how most of us first started our hobby.


Numismatics might well be known as 'the hobby of kings', but every kingdom is made up of lots and lots of commoners who get just as much - if not more - enjoyment from the same sort of hobby. They are the ones who call themselves 'coin collectors' not numismatists.

Numismatics is a word most uninitiated people cannot even say - and it means nothing to them.

These are the sorts of people whose coins don't have to be locked away and guarded, these are the ones that can drag them out any time they want to admire the design, and feel their texture, and hand them around without needing cotton gloves, and even flip them in the air to hear the distinctive ring that silver has in comparison to Cupro-nickel, for instance. Each of their coins still has the same basic story to tell as a prime example - in fact, if they could talk, some would prove to be far more interesting!



A typical sort of selection from a coin collector's 'treasure' box.

(From left, reading down)

1st row - Japanese 500 Yen, New Zealand 20 Cents

2nd row - U.S. Cent, Thailand 25 Satangs, Singapore 20 Cents

3rd row - Palestine (1927) 2 Mils, U.S. (New Jersey) Quarter, Spanish 200 Pesetas

4th row - Australian Florin. Australian (U.N.) 20 Cents


Some numismatists and dealers have a tendency to become - for want of a better word - snobs, when they come in contact with coin 'collectors'.

Every one of these snobs has the potential to kill the enthusiasm of a new hobbiest and turn them away with their blast of 'expertise' but, thankfully, those types are counted on the fingers of one hand,  they expect relatively new collectors to have an immediate grasp of their own specialised collecting fields, a huge reference library and a desire for every coin ever made - or so it appears - and, though all of the facts mentioned are admirable goals, few of us will ever score a complete winner in their eyes.


It is also a fact that many major coin dealers, inadvertently, appear to support that idea of elitism by always advertising coins in Proof, Uncirculated or in extremely high grades. There may be a lesson in the old adage that 'little fish are sweet', many small profits equal one large one. It just needs to take a little longer.

Still, after saying that, I have been in business and realise that different levels of expectations have to be met - and bills have to be paid.

Equally, not everyone can dip into their pocket and pay hundreds of dollars for pristine or rare items.

Is there common ground? Of course there is!

Most reputable dealers started out just like us!

They know that the items they usually advertise are their 'Showcase' stock but, like any other businesses worth their salt, they are prepared to try and supply what you ask for - if you ask - in varying grades of condition.

Don't ever be scared of dealers - they do what they do because they actually like playing with coins and, also, they want to please you - as well as need to make a living.  Some are even known to enjoy a little bit of reasonable 'haggling'

From personal experience I have found that if you show a dealer that you trust his judgement he will also reciporacate by elevating you, the buyer - his bread and butter -  to 'customer' status and treating you accordingly.


Australian coin and banknote catalogues have become very economic as well as more informative and professional over the last ten years - and, these days, it is a real asset to have one on the shelf for reference - collector or not. How many times have we seen kids - and some adults -   rifling through the grotty old pennies that someone always has at the markets. Do they pick up something far more valuable than it appears to be? How would they know?



Australia's two most popular economic condensed coin and banknote catalogues.


With a quality catalogue, the most amateur of collectors will then be able to see what they might have - or what may be within their financial grasp if they are getting serious about expanding their collection into a fantastic hobby that will kept them enthralled for a lifetime.

Once this transformation occurs, the next step up the knowledge ladder is to find a dealer that they can feel comfortable with, and finally join a coin club where they can mix with other collectors - or numismatists - and swap information, ideas, and even do a bit of 'horse-trading' as the learn the finer points of coin 'collecting'.

Somewhere, in there, it also is handy to have access to a good coin magazine to keep supplying the most up-to-date market values that advertising dealers can provide - and by this time the 'collector' will be able to make a sound judgement on whether it suits their pocket as well as their desire to own a particular piece.






In a memorandum issued by the Executive Committee in May 1995, was a notification that the format for the Society’s newsletter was to be changed and that the approved name for the publication was to be the ‘Tasmanian Numismatist’.

In April 1996, the first monthly edition of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition' was placed on the World-wide Web.
The following is an update of information first compiled in August 1998, and details the most topical items and articles published, in addition to the usual Society general notices. Several regularly published items were/are:

Society Snippets –  a gossipy news column, Society information, short articles by members, for members or about members.

Society Notes – items that concern the everyday business and functions of our membership.

Around the Traps – local or national numismatic commercial intelligence.

From the Columns – news items of interest from magazines, numismatic newsletters etc.

Wanted Known – requests from members or readers for contact with others with similar numismatic interests.

Internet News – specific items sourced from local, national and international Internet numismatic bodies or individual contacts.

Blast from the Past – items that made the headlines years ago – mainly sourced from our Society’s Journals.

The Story Behind the Story – articles that expand on details of a previously published short item.


All original items and articles designated with the author’s name highlighted are copyright – all others were written or compiled by the current Editor and permission should be sought prior to any form of republishing.


Volume 8 – 2003 Internet Edition.

Issue 1.

Society Snippets – December BBQ Meeting held in Hobart.

AGM reminder.

Lalla Rookh – ‘The Last of her Race’ (Truganini)

‘What makes a Tasmanian?’

My Grand-Fathers’ Coins (from 1780 - 1965) – revisited.

Readers Mailbag – various emails.


Issue 2.

Society Snippets – Change of venue BBQ/AGM

U.S. Mint ‘Presidential Series’ Medals. by Jerry Adams ©.

Graffiti on a Confederate Banknote – revisited with second thoughts.

Readers Mailbag – various emails.


Issue 3.

February 2003 BBQ/AGM report.

‘What’s the Weather Like? – with international membership growing we ask the universal question.

Around the Traps – Ozmint propose to produce a special AGFEST souvenir token.

Australian Basic Circulation Decimal Coin Types – an extensive study of our decimal coinage types.

‘As a Matter of Interest’ – an international members opinion on some of our commemorative coins. Jerry Adams gives us his likes and dislikes on our $1.00 coins

Basel World Money Fair – report by WBCC founder Martin Peeters.

Readers Mailbag – various emails.


Issue 4.

Society Snippets – Roger McNeice awarded ‘Certificate Of Distinction ‘ from the Tasmanian Museum.

Local cost factors that affect us.

Thank You! -  from the Editor to those Society members who gave assistance during his serious illness.

‘I Told You So!’ – a reflection of the phonecard phenomena.

‘Operation Enduring Freedom – New Military Token Release’ by John Kent (NTCA) ©

An Article in Review – further information about Williams Bros. Maverick Tokens.

Commercial reminder – Tasmanian 2003 National Stamp Exhibition.


Issue 5.

Society Snippets – AGFEST reminder.

Anzac Day – a personal observation and a history of the Military Medal.

‘You Deserve a Medal!’ – the Royal Red Cross.

Around the Traps – the Royal Hobart Hospital Graduate Nurses Museum is open to the public.

‘Can You Actually ‘Define’ a Numismatist?’ -  numismatic tendencies lurk in the most unexpected places.

In Memory of the Good Old Days.  – a brief history of card counter ‘coins’.

Polymer banknote Grading – a new look at an old problem.


Issue 6.

Society Snippets – AGFEST token reviewed.

Wanted Known.

‘Malta – George Cross’ - a brief history of Malta’s George Cross award.

‘A Time of War’ by Joseph Vella ©.

‘Do Svidanyia, Tovarishch’ – an update on the Russian currency after the Revolution.

New Look U.S. currency – The End of the Greenback?


Issue 7.

Society Snippets.

Jerry Remick’s Book Reviews ©.

‘Exciting new 1920 Penny Variety Discovery’ – report by Jon Saxton ©.

Wanted Known.

‘The American Banknotes that are Not Worth a Plugged Nickel.’ -  a study of the note release made by individual states of the Confederate States of America.

‘Men of Honor – Men of Valor’ – the pay rates for Civil War soldiers did not warrant writing home about.

Some of our ‘Favorite’ sites. – the Internet has become a valuable numismatic research tool .


Issue 8.

Society Snippets

‘Hi-Ho Silver!’ – a study of Silver as a coinage material.

‘And … at the other end of the scale.’ -  a study of Aluminium used in coinage.

‘How’s Your Euro-English?’ – a lighthearted look at the EU situation.

Wanted Known.

Orders, Decorations & Medals. - an ‘unofficial’ recognition for deeds done.

Index Update – 1st. Installment. 1995 – 1997.


Issue 9.

Society Snippets.

‘Don’t be SCARED of Ancient Coins!’ -  the older coins are not that frightening.

‘If you care to ‘Zinc’ about it.’ – the other ‘poor cousin’ coinage metal.

The Other Americans (Part 1). – a brief history of South American currency.

Wanted Known.

Index Update – 2nd Installment. 1998 – 2000.


Issue 10.

Society Snippets - 40th. Anniversary BBQ

Index Reminder - Hard copies available if required.

International Member in the News.

The Other Americans (Part 2) - a brief history of South American currency.

Index Update - 3rd Installment  2001 - 2002


Issue 11.

Society Snippets - Anniversay BBQ reminder and details.

Members' Mailbag.

Really 'funny' U.S. Money - Again! - another look at the use of 'paper money' that is really not what it always seems.

Some Coins of Canada - Revisited! - a reflection on a few Canadian Proof sets that had gone 'astray' - at home.

Index Update - 4th Installment  2003 (to date).


Issue 12.

Society Snippets - reports of Society recent social activities.

First reminder of A.G.M. to be held in February 2004

Once they were lost - and now they are found! - Several items that have resurfaced amongst the Editors collection.

New U.S. Nickels to feature Lewis and Clark -  Design information released by the U.S. Mint for commemorative 2004 Nickels

History of Peace Medals - A brief reprise from a previously published article by Jerry Adams ©. about early U.S. Peace Medals

Numismatics for the Common Man! - not everyone is a 'numismatist' , some are just coin 'collectors'.

Index Update - 4th installment 2003 (to date) This is the final installment for 2003.


We hope that this INDEX will be of some small assistance in time to come.

It is obvious that some of the headings may not give an in-depth  picture of what the story is about - but half the fun of numismatics is in finding out for ourselves what makes our hobby the King of Hobbies!






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