Volume 20 Issue 1    Formerly published as the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition' (Est. 1996)     January 2015



Edited by Graeme Petterwood. © 2015.


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.




A few of us have had a short break for the festive season and are back at work already - and very envious of those members who have the opportunity of enjoying a little more quality time with family and friends.

Hopefully, this year will be a marvellous one for all of us!

Let us renew old friendships and dedicate ourselves once more to the best hobby in the world!


A Brief Report of a Remarkable Evening - as published in the "Tasmanian Numismatist"

 - by Graeme E. Petterwood. (T.N.S. #332)




4th. DECEMBER 2014


Renowned Australian numismatist, Dr. David L. Briggs MB. BS. B.Med.Sci., of Victoria, was welcomed by T.N.S. Hon. Secretary, Chris Heath, and this writer, on his arrival at Hobart’s Cambridge Airport on Wednesday 3rd. December. Dr. Briggs had graciously accepted our Society’s invitation to be our Guest Speaker at the annual T.N.S. Dinner and Award Presentation on Thursday evening at the newly refurbished ‘Horseshoe Inn’ at Cambridge, Tasmania.

The Horseshoe Inn - Cambridge

Neither Chris Heath nor I had previously met this eminent collector/lecturer/author in the flesh, and, collecting him at the airport was a circumstance neither of us had envisaged a few days prior.

However, both of us were very familiar with his huge contribution to this nation’s numismatic scene and his tremendously informative literary output about our national coinage - and, we were more than pleasantly surprised to find he was so much more than just an elderly, dry academic.


Chris and I found David Briggs to be a warm, affable, dynamic ‘young’ bloke - with everyday cares and concerns about his family and friends - just like the rest of us - and the day culminated with a convivial glass and a great steak meal at Salamanca’s “Ball ‘n’ Chain Grill” with T.N.S. President Roger McNeice joining us before we returned David to his accommodation after his very long and hectic day.


After a busy Thursday morning of ‘seeing the sights’ - primarily the Tasmanian Museum numismatic collection - and enjoying the lunch-time company of Roger McNeice and his charming wife, Jill  -  spiced, no doubt with  some spirited conversation - David was returned to his motel once more to prepare for the Dinner.

That evening, our guest was collected by his appointed chauffeurs and spirited back across the Derwent to Cambridge once again for the evening’s festivities and a ‘spot of work’ at the ‘Horseshoe Inn’ …!

The start time of the intimate function allowed the 20 or so invited T.N.S. Committee, Members - and partners - ample time to renew old friendships - and make a few new ones - and have a chance to chat prior to the more formal ‘Welcome’ and the serious art of eating a wonderful selection of meat, fish and fowl - plus a smorgasbord of sweets - professionally served by the friendly staff.



Graeme Petterwood, Richard Watson, David Briggs and Bob Wansborough enjoying the lavish spread.

Roger McNeice presenting Bob with the 2014 T.N.S. Distinguished Service Medal.


The more academic side of the evening was an astonishingly informative, and expertly delivered, talk about Australian coinage by Dr. Briggs - who effectively used a computer and linked viewing screen as his aids.  I am sure that every one of us, in attendance, took away a multitude of previously unfamiliar facts from what this undoubted expert imparted to us!

Some of our members were also fortunate enough to have obtained a copy of David’s latest work - hand delivered and signed - at the Dinner.

This limited edition glossy, spiral bound A4-sized 250page book is superbly illustrated with enlarged photoscans featuring all released dates of circulating Silver-based Australian pre-decimal coinage - plus a few varieties.  It also contains mintage figures etc. and realistic up-to-date price indicators and is a great acquisition for any numismatic library.


Dr. David Briggs receives the 2014 Lockwood Award for his Service to Numismatics from T.N.S President Roger McNeice OAM.


This writer was also honoured to receive T.N.S. Life Membership - unfortunately, the 'camera broke' and the pic was not suitable for publication.


After my extended stay, I needed to return home, in the north of the state, the following day - but, I knew that David had planned to stay over in Hobart for an extra few days to do some private business, as well as view a few more things of interest before returning to his family and his own home in Victoria. I knew he would have continued to be well-looked after by my Hobart colleagues. If he ever choses to return to Tasmania in the near future, David would be welcomed back by a lot of new friends!



Society stalwarts, Mr. & Mrs. Phil Nichols.

Peter Knott receiving the 2014 T.N.S. Encouragement Award.  


Hon Sec. Chris Heath and Marg. Brennan relax prior to the meal being served.





The following interesting group e-mail was received from

President Roger McNeice OAM

Hi All,

What a great success the Dinner was and especially Dr David Briggs visit.
It was a fabulous night and congratulations to those who received Society awards. More details and photos will appear in the Society newsletter as soon as possible.

David Briggs and I spent a lot of time together at home and we are going to produce a book together on a Tasmanian numismatic subject – more about that later - but, I am very thrilled about it.

David looked through much of my archive material and we spent some time in the Allport Library together looking at the Allport Collection of Notes and the other holdings of Dr Crowther’s collection of Promissory Notes which I catalogued for the Library some years ago - and he was particularly stunned to see the run of 10 Bank of Van Diemen’s Land Pound notes.


It was nice to also receive a bonus on the same batch of pics- a candid shot of Roger conversing with Australia’s Governor-General Peter Cosgrove.


“I had the pleasure of being invited to the Launch of the World War 1 Exhibition in Launceston recently and spoke at length with His Excellency the Governor General. I also was one of the expert panel for the QMV Medals day in Launceston which was filmed for TV and will be released early next year. “



2nd.January 2015

Gold Price  AUD$1453 oz. (US$1187 oz.) 

Exchange Rate  AUD$1 = US81.70 Cents  (US$1 = AUD$1.22)




In 1984 and 1988, respectively, Australia's paper $1.00 and $2.00 notes were replaced with Aluminium-Bronze coins bearing iconic emblems as their reverses. Huge amounts of each of the two low value notes disappeared into 'kitchen drawers and 'cookie -jars' as keepsakes.

As all of the remainder of our paper currency range was eventually replaced with Poly-vinyl substrate notes that circulated in tandem with the older currency - the same philosophy of hoarding wasn't quite as prolific during the 1990's as the transition was completed.



The removal of $1.00 and $2.00 notes from our currency was considered a big deal back in 1984 and 1988. These notes were the equivalent of our 'old' 10 Shillings and One Pound Imperial notes from the time of Federation. However, the sky didn't fall in!



JULY 2007 - DECEMBER 2014.

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)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec13.htm   -  (Volume 18 - Issues 7 - 12)

For full details of 'Numisnet World' (2014)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/june14.htm  - (Volume 19 - Issues 1 - 6)

http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec14.htm  -  (Volume 19 - Issues 7 - 12)



Issue 7. July 2014:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/july14.htm

TIMETABLE TO DISASTER - It was like dominos falling! The events at Sarajevo on 28th. June 1914 lead to a great conflict on a scale of horror and tragedy that the world had never seen previously. The consequences of this conflict and the period of nervous peace that followed - within a financial context - were long-ranging and were harbingers of further international disaster within 21 years for another generation to bear.

CANCELLATION OF EVENTS - The 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' has advised that it has -reluctantly - cancelled its series of Coin Fairs scheduled for the final half of 2014 due to circumstances beyond its control.


Issue 8. August 2014:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/aug14.htm

THE GEM THAT IS INDIA! - The first of the footsteps that we will take into the mystery that still is India!

IN MEMORIAM - It has now been 9 years since this Editor's dearly loved wife, Ailsa, passed away. She is missed.


Issue 9. September 2014:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/sept14.htm

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF GAMING CHIPS - Like many of my fellow collectors, I tend to gather associated items that can be used as 'money'! Gaming Chips are, of necessity, a relatively expensive narrow-based investment so I regret that my own small accumulation is just that - small!


Issue 10. October 2014:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/oct14.htm

A BLAST FROM THE PAST - A painful recollection from 2007 ... but I still have the cause of the pain safely under my nose!

INTEREST- VS - INVESTMENT - Ideally collectors want to achieve a harmonious balance between interest and potential investment. It does take a bit of doing because both groups are in the hobby for two different reasons to start with - until time mellows us all in one way or another and we tend to meld.

However, we must also bear in mind that for every investment - there is someone hovering to grab a piece of the action if possible and they are not always as scrupulous as we are. Deal with recognized dealers when acquiring expensive numismatic items is always recommended!.

A COIN FOR OCTOBER - A tiny Silver coin from the Indian Princely States of pre-WWII India is a reminder of what used to be when intrinsic value of coinage was a done deal and such a low value coin had real buying power in the sub-continent.. In 1966, the islands of the Bahamas group were granted their own definitive currency and one of the larger-sized modern Silver coins made an appearance.

LARA & the 'VIKING' -  A recent trip to Central Europe was the opportunity for the Editor's Great-niece and Great-grand-nephew to see a beautiful part of Europe, that has had its share of problems until recent times - and bring back a few numismatic goodies for this old feller!


Issue 11. November 2014:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/nov14.htm

NOTICE OF EDITORIAL INTENTION - As dual editor of the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society's local newsletter 'Tasmanian Numismatist' for  over 20 years - as well as 'Numisnet World' -  I have had to make a decision worthy of a King Solomon. It is with the deepest angst and regret that, due to health problems, I have decided to cut my workload by stepping down from my Society role and reverting to that of mentor..


Issue 12. December 2014:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec14.htm

THE ELEGANCE of EUROPEAN BANKNOTES - A pictorial reminder of the glory of old paper money, pre-Euro. We lost some interesting examples of 'art' when the individuality of nations currency was surrendered to the European Economic Union demands for a reformed monetary system.

THE MAGPIE GATHERER - WHEN IS A HOARD NOT A HOARD? - A recent rediscovery of a stash of Silver coins from over a decade ago raises the question - should I classify it as a hoard when I am the known owner, and the stuff was under lock and key even though it had been misplaced and forgotten?



Issue 1. January 2015:-

T.N.S. ANNUAL DINNER & LECTURE 2014 - This brief report from the T.N.S. Annual Dinner & Lecture held in early December 2014, can only give an inadequate idea of the level of comradeship that many of the members of the Society still enjoy. Established in 1963 - just prior to the introduction of Decimal coinage to Australia - the Tasmanian Numismatic Society has proven to be a great learning institution. However, we members - old and new -  are still being educated about our fascinating hobby from invited experts - such as Dr. David Briggs.

A BLAST FROM THE PAST - The removal of $1.00 and $2.00 notes from our currency was considered a big deal back in 1984 and 1988. These notes were the equivalent of our 'old' 10 Shillings and One Pound Imperial notes from the time of Federation. However, the sky didn't fall in!





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