‘NUMISNET WORLD’


Volume 17 Issue 7       Formerly published as the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition' (Est. 1996)     July 2012


'NUMISNET WORLD'

INTERNET EDITION

Edited by Graeme Petterwood. © 2012.

 

All or any prices quoted in articles in this free newsletter, unless stipulated, are estimates only and they should not be considered to be an offer to sell or purchase the items mentioned or used as illustrations. Wherever possible - illustrations (*enlarged or otherwise) are from the authors' own collection - or the extensive picture library of the former 'Tasmanian Numismatist' -  Internet Edition © 1991 - 2007.  and the  'Numisnet World' - Internet Edition. © 2007 - 2012.  

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

PLEASE NOTE - RE-STATED DISCLAIMERS:

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.

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IT'S ALREADY OFFICIALLY HALF-TIME FOR 2012!

.... now, someone please tell the Oz Weatherman!

 

For those of us who reside in the Southern Hemisphere, the longest night has passed, and, we now look forward to a burst of improving weather as we, impatiently, creep towards our Spring. Some of us will also need to break out the garden tools as life returns to our little bit of earth - and our Winter neglects will have to be answered!

In my front garden, the young Magnolia is heavily-budded this year, and - barring severe wind conditions - it should make a grand show again. The heavy mid-year frosts in Tasmania means that our daytime temperatures are barely reaching double-figures (Celsius) as yet - but, hopefully, that will change sooner than later! 

In the meantime, however, our off-season numismatic chores - all those other little 'sort and repair' jobs we reserved for those cold nights - should now be close to completion.

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KEEPING BUSY!

Earlier this Winter, I had bought a stack of paper reinforcing rings and started repairing all the archived folder sheets in my office files that had started to 'sag' a little, or, looked a bit 'dodgy'. I ran out of rings well before I ran out of sheets - so, this is still an ongoing chore!

I had also procured several extra lever-arch folders from a local source - as well as some economically-priced plastic pockets, for both coins and notes, from the professional owners and friends, David and Kim Newell, of The Coin & Stamp Place in Hobart.

I will need to invest in a few more of these essential items, as well - but, it has definitely made things a great deal easier for my hobby interests.

It meant a substantial reshuffle of 'the merchandise' - as things were spread out for ease of handling - but, it needed doing - and now, that task is behind me!.

Motto - don't put off until tomorrow that which needs doing today!

 

Shown below are two sets of tools to assist with your hobby  - the basic set (below) should be sufficient for most newcomers to the hobby. However, over time, you will find that there are other items that will be of use as you become more professional, as collectors.

Obviously, this list of things will be expanded - and items (such as staple pullers and some basic cleaning tools and agents) may be chosen to suit individual needs.

 

1. Suitably solid containers for transporting carded coins.

2. Catalogues and other portable literature.

3. Stick-on labels (plus 'dots' and re-enforcing rings are also handy).

4. Electronic scales - although any manual set with 1 gram graduations will be suitable.

5. Suitable instrument for accurately measuring coins. A good ruler or small spring-loaded tape measure is also handy.

6. Protective vinyl pockets.

7.& 8. Magnifiers for home use. (minimum power X10)

9. Small plastic pockets or small clip-lock bags.

10. Multi-lens portable pocket-size magnifier.

11, 12 & 12b. Small plastic or paper envelope single coin holders.

13. Sheets of non-reactive vinyl Coin pockets (various sizes are available for coins or note storage)

14. Backing sheets to adequately display items in folder, and ,slip-in descriptive labels.

15. Spring-lock Ring or Lever-arch Folders for ease of access.

16. Information sheets - if available.

17. Cardboard 2" x 2" fold-over coin holders with cello' viewing ports - several sizes available.

18. Coin Encyclopaedias or home reference books.

 

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AUSTRALIAN COIN GRADING

Re-printed by request!

 

In Australia, we tend to opt for the literal description over the numerical one that is common-place in the U.S. and some other areas. The numerical method has new disciples within Australia as well - however, at this stage, the 'words' are still winning.

The numerical system allocates its numbers in the following way - however, an "Official  ANA Grading Standards for United States Coins"  catalogue should be referred to for in depth definitions.

 

Mint State MS - (Uncirculated) -  in the range of  MS 60, MS 63, MS 65, MS 67 ... with MS 70 being a flawless example

About Uncirculated  AU - in the range of  AU 50, AU 55  ... and AU 58 being virtually uncirculated

Extremely Fine EF - in the range of  EF 40 and EF 45

Very Fine  VF - in the range of  VF 20 and VF 30

Fine F - starting at F 12  - additional points can be added for 'fine tuning' up to F19

Very Good VG - starting at VG 8 - additional points can be added for 'fine tuning' up to VG 11

Good G - starting at G 4 - additional points can be added for 'fine tuning' up to G 7 - however, unless the coin is a rarity, it is rarely done.

About Good AG -  the lowest collectible level is AG 3 - virtually a hole filler ....

 

The subject of coin 'Grading' is an extremely complex one and not without controversy in the matter of application.

Various major collecting and professional grading groups in the global area of numismatics have made choices over the years that suit their members needs and occasionally a conflict of interpretation occurs between these interest groups.

 

PROOF -       Virtually, the perfect coin. This is usually struck as an example of the Mint's ability to produce a work of outstanding quality. Every aspect of the detail is considered - and often these coins are 'double-struck' for greater clarity of design and treated as individual pieces of - 'art'!   Many have special finishes that distinguish them from normal coinage.

This is, technically, not a grading level of 'Condition' - but the special type of process employed in its preparation.

Whilst Proof coins are expected to be perfect - they are sometimes impaired by handling.

However, they are still Proof coins no matter their contemporary state - so, any grading must be flexible enough to allow for that.

FDC -         Known as 'Fleur de Coin' (Flower of the Coin or Die) - the description is apt. This is to signify a beautifully minted and presented uncirculated coin that is second only to a PROOF coin in quality and presentation.

 

GEM -        Gem-Uncirculated is another example as close to perfect as can be after the PROOF and FDC coins. Uncirculated, with absolutely no detracting marks - but natural metal patina (an oxidation effect) may be present if the coin has been stored in a less than airtight environment for any length of time.

CHU -         Choice-Uncirculated is just a fraction less attractive than GEM.

 

UNC -        Uncirculated coinage, straight from the Mint - a brand new shiny issue just prior to it 'hitting the street' from the agents or banks - is usually the ideal level for the majority of collectors to, economically, attain. An unmarked, uncirculated  coin, it should be free from minting flaws and no show no visible signs of wear.

aUNC -       Just a fraction less attractive than UNC - it may have slight handling marks, and/or faint wear, on the high points of the design - but it still extremely desirable and slightly more affordable as an investment coin. Sometimes shown as (a)Unc.

SPECIMEN -  This coin is a carefully selected special design issue, usually prepared for a Non-circulating Legal Tender purposes. Some newer 'commemorative' packaged coins could be classified as specimens - but none were issued in the time frame 1910 - 1964.

 

EF -         Extremely Fine grading is a level that still can be attained by average collectors from basic circulation coinage off the street. Slight marks are acceptable as these coins have been 'out and about'.

VF -         Most experienced collectors will draw a line at the Very Fine level if they cannot get anything better. These coins are showing a considerable amount of high point wear and some 'flattening' of design features. They are still attractive and have 'eye-appeal' - but these are the coins that need to be closely inspected with a x10 magnifier to ensure that any detracting marks do not push the grading lower.

 F -         At the Fine grading level, any nasty marks or any wear patterns are easily discernible with the naked eye. Even to an amateur collector this level of grading should be the lowest in his/her collection if nothing else is available.  Heavy wear and numerous scratches are evident from these 'straight from the street' coins. These are truly the well circulated coins we all read about.

 

VG -        Very Good is a slightly misleading description that harks back to a time when coinage was in very short supply and probably not very well made - but, if it was recognisable as a coin of the realm, it was 'very good' - for  the owner.

These days, the term means that it is seen as a coin - and it will fill an empty spot in a collection - temporarily, until a better example is obtained.

GOOD -     The best description that most serious coin collectors would equate to 'Good' - is 'lousy'  Not much is left of the design or the text - usually, a coin in this condition is  nothing more than a smooth disc of metal with mere outlines, the date may be guess-work and virtually no other feature is legible. Another hard-to-decipher space filler that only the desperate will consider.

 

Examples of Australian Florin grading.

Illustration from the official ANDA reference brochure

'Collecting Australian Commonwealth Coins'  - Pre-decimal 1910 - 1964.

printed and freely distributed 2005  - courtesy 'Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association'.

 

(a)GOOD * -  Virtually time-wasters as coins - the real 'shrapnel' of coin collecting!. They may have intrinsic metal value but they are usually so badly worn that if they had a centre-hole they could be mistaken for a nut & bolt's washer.

POOR -     Save your cash! You would probably be guessing if you thought it was a piece of money!   

 

*The adding of a small letter 'a' as in aUNC - signifies the word 'almost'  - it can be added to all coin grades to give an extra dimension.

Some dealers and collectors also use the +/- signs after a grade for the same reason.

For example, a collector may receive a coin list with F+ or (a)F, -  meaning an item that is better than Fine or slightly less than Fine.

 

For full text of this article:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/dec10.htm

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ILLUSTRATION SELECTION

Due to the simple fact of not having a sample of all the early notes produced by our Australian 'paper' money-makers - and, trying to indicate basic Australian Grading terms in regard to our local product - meant I have had to make decisions about what notes to feature as I attempt to kill two birds with the one stone. The story of the faces on these note has been told before. Refer:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/july05

When we discuss non- metallic printed currency, we need to accept the fact that things like signatures and ink colours, for instance, could vary or change between printing runs and that novice collectors will start sending requests for information about these changes.

It is only when the variance is very exceptional, or that it may differ in text or the changing or re-positioning of signatures etc., that we give it a new catalogue number - or considering it a 'variety'. The inference is that a good catalogue is worth every cent spent on obtaining it!!

Please note that the banknotes used as illustrations are as collected or purchased - and, the fronts (usually the signature side) of all scans are shown at an appropriate size for viewing - but are not to scale.

 

    

 

The definitions for grading paper banknotes are noted in the highly researched Greg McDonald 2012 Pocket Guide to 'AUSTRALIAN COINS and BANKNOTES,' (19th Edition) which is available at all good Australian bookstores and numismatic dealers.

It is "the book that dealers (and collectors) prefer".

 

McDonald references numbers have been used to identify the General prefix Australian banknotes featured in this instance.

It should be noted that signatories include Stuart G. McFarlane and Ian Macfarlane - which can be a little confusing when verbal reference is made - or full attention is not given to the written word. The full list of signatories is shown in the current McDonald catalogue (refer above).

*Please also note than a selection of Grades has been used in an attempt to highlight various conditions available to collectors.*

 

AUSTRALIAN  CURRENCY

It is now over a century since Federation, when our nation threw off the colonial mantle and became independent in its own right.

However, the emotional ties with our forebears has been harder to shed - and we still cling to the idea of monarchy.

We have had 4 English monarchs grace our coinage  - but only 3 made it onto our folding money.

Australian has seen its currency change from the 'imperial' style Pounds, Shillings and Pence of 1910 - 1964, into the Dollars and Cents formally adopted in 1966. The note fabric has also changed from Paper to the 'fantastic plastic' - Polymer Substrate.

Let us have a brief look at the development over the years.

 

'IMPERIAL' STYLE PAPER CURRENCY

 

Ten Shillings

1. Grade: F (Fine - has been pressed). Riddle/Sheehan 1934 - McD#18

 

 

            2. Grade: VF (Very Fine). Armitage/McFarlane 1942 - McD#21      

3. Grade: Unc. (Uncirculated). Coombs/Wilson 1954 - McD#24

 

One Pound

4. Grade: EF (Extremely Fine). Riddle/Heathershaw 1927 - McD#41

This note bears the old inscription that it would be redeemed in Gold Coin to the value of One Pound.

 

 

                  5. Grade: aUNC (about Uncirculated). Sheehan/McFarlane 1938 - McD#45     

6. Grade: VG (Very Good). Coombs/Wilson 1953 - McD#50

                                 

Five Pounds

7. Grade: F (Fine). Armitage/McFarlane 1941 - McD#68

    8. Grade: EF (Extremely Fine). Coombs/ Wilson 1954 - McD#71

 

Ten Pounds

  9. Grade: VF (Very Fine - has been pressed.) Armitage/McFarlane 1943 - McD#82                                    

10. Grade: VF (Very Fine). Coombs/Wilson 1954  - McD#85

                

PAPER DECIMAL CURRENCY

 With the exception of some of the older, paper 'CofA' and 'Australia' headed notes - the general grade of the Decimal notes shown below is  aUNC (about Uncirculated). Not all signatures used on each denomination are illustrated.

In 1974, the 'COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA' logo was relaced by the single heading 'AUSTRALIA'. 

 

One & Two Dollars

(Withdrawn from circulation 1984 & 1988 respectively.)

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

$1.00  - 1972 Phillips/Wheeler - McD#104

 

 

AUSTRALIA

$1.00 - 1982 Johnston/Stone - McD#110

$2.00 - 1985 Johnston/Fraser - McD#131

 

Five & Ten Dollars

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

$5.00 - 1969 Phillips/Randall - McD#142 

 $10.00 - 1972 Phillips/Wheeler - McD#164

 

AUSTRALIA

$5.00 - 1979 Knight/Stone -McD#148 

$10.00 - 1991 Fraser/Cole - McD#176

 

Twenty Dollars

COMMONWEALTH of AUSTRALIA

1966 - Coombs/Wilson - McD#181

 

AUSTRALIA

1991 - Fraser/Cole - McD#196

 

Fifty Dollars

AUSTRALIA

1991 - Fraser/Cole - McD#210

 

One Hundred Dollars

 

AUSTRALIA

1991 - Fraser/Cole - McD#224

 

POLYMER DECIMAL CURRENCY

The grading of Polymer Currency has not yet been formulated into a definitive form. The nature of the Polymer substrate means that it retains an 'Uncirculated' appearance for a considerable time.

I have seen 15 year old Australian polymer notes, taken from recent circulation, that are still in excellent condition. From about the mid 1990's these notes have had the year of issue incorporated within the 'serial number' - so it is easy to date the individual note.

 

1995 - Australian Five Dollar note - JL 95 569 372 - incorporating the year of issue (95) within the serial number.

 

The main detracting features found on polymer notes, besides the usual ink wear 'n' tear deterioration that time brings, are - heavy folds, corner creases, rips, scratched removal of some features, graffiti - and, of course, applied substances or heat.

The latter detractions are usually man-made abuses.

Occasionally, Note Printing Australia misses printing errors with 'ink' application - and, they may fail to remove production 'marked' notes (stamped or hand-written notations indicating an error) - which enter into circulation.

Foreign fouling - such as a thread or grease on the printing plates - that alters the finished appearance is the most common of these rare instances. Some of the examples, shown below, have detractions that are obviously man-made after the notes have been put into circulation.

 

Two or three of these notes have suffered abuse - probably while in circulation.

 

Five Dollars - 1992 & Re-coloured 1995

 

1992 - Fraser/Cole - McD#301a

1995 - Fraser/Evans - McD#303b (narrow orientation bands at top of note).

 

 2001 Commemorative release - 100th. Anniversary of Federation Five Dollars

2001 - Macfarlane/Evans - McD#305b

 

1988 Commemorative release -  Bi-Centenary Ten Dollars

1998 - Johnston/Fraser - McD#Mc$10GF-1

 

Ten & Twenty Dollars

$10.00 - 2006 - Macfarlane/Henry - McD#403c

$20.00 - 2006 - Macfarlane/Henry - McD#503d

 

Fifty Dollars

2006 - Macfarlane/Henry - McD#603d

 

One Hundred Dollars

1999- Macfarlane/Evans - McD#702b

 

It is fairly obvious, from the gaps in the Numbering system, that there are huge amounts of notes NOT shown here.

However, I trust that this brief overlay will be of sufficient interest for readers to aspire to filling in the gaps - after getting the current McDonald catalogue for their reference needs.

 

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GENERAL INDEX UPDATE.

'TASMANIAN NUMISMATIST - INTERNET EDITION' 1996 - June 2007

'NUMISNET WORLD' July 2007 - December 2011

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 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)

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

 

 

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'NUMISNET WORLD' - INDEX - 2012.

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Issue 3. March 2012:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/march12.htm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Issue 4. April 2012:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/april2012.htm

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Issue 5. May 2012:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/may12.htm

MISS LIBERTY - and FRIENDS! - The numismatic hobby always entails 'looking back' to a big extent. That is what collecting is, basically, all about - it is nice to get exciting 'fresh off the presses' coinage and notes - but, the real interest is in the history of our chosen field - and that is something that takes time to accumulate. The U.S. has an enormously rich history stored within its coinage - especially featuring that iconic lady 'Miss Liberty' - and she is always worth a second look of admiration - as we gather up these metallic remnants - the reminders of yesteryear.

THE COMMONWEALTH of NATIONS - or - WHAT'S LEFT OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE! - A numismatically oriented, illustrated look at the nations that are - or have recently been - involved members within a power and trade bloc with a long, rich colonial history. 

Individually, not all members of the Commonwealth of Nations are huge, or rich, trading giants, but - as part of the the entirety - they are bricks in a wall that has withstood centuries of onslaught. Over the last century, politics and time has caught up with some of the independent regimes within the Commonwealth and it has crumbled a little -  in places - but, it is still a powerful bulwark with common allegiances, interests, backgrounds and aspirations.

RUNNING OUT OF HOPS? - Some years ago, I made a conscious decision to cease collecting the One Ounce Fine Silver $1.00 Kangaroo coins. It was a decision I hated - but it was financially necessary. An affordable simple series had blown-out to be a multi-coin money-sucking complex sponge.

The series is still going - but it has lost a lot of passengers according to the actual release figures against expectation. How long will it continue?

 

Issue 6. June 2012:-   http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/june12.htm

WHAT IS IT WORTH? - The answer to that question must always be speculative! It will be whatever it brings on a given day and in given circumstances!

The pricing of various Australian coins can be determined by historical importance as well as quality and quantity - so do your homework!

THE MAIN REFERENCE IS .....!  - In this instance I have chosen to feature a local Oz catalogue that I have been using for nearly two decades!

OVER PRODUCED - and UNDER-RATED?! - The ever present problem that all modern Mints must face  is - 'How much is enough!?'  As collectors, we also have a question - 'Is it actually worth the extra premium to obtain those myriads of special commemorative issues that the Mints are now producing?'

TRAVELLER & COLLECTOR ALERT!! - Noted in 'World Coin News' article by Richard Giedroyc - 'Counterfeit Coins Plentiful in Great Britain'

Fake English One Pound coins are now circulating at  the 1 in 3 level - so, casual accumulators who may be travelling in the area, be  warned!

 

Issue 7. July 2012:-

KEEPING BUSY! - The Winter temptation to curl up in front of a nice warm fire, watch a movie or read a book is ingrained within our 'hibernating bear'. Numismatists have a slightly more productive schedule - lthey sort, they list, they mend - and, any reading is usually from a catalogue relevant to their hobby!

AUSTRALIAN COIN & BANKNOTE GRADING. - This is a subject that is still raging - even if it is done in politely hushed tones. The 'numerists' and the 'verbalists'  (my terms) have both justified their positions and are prepared to go down with their ships. Collectors should be aware that several differences of grading opinion exist - they should study the differences - then independently make their own decision on how they will present their treasures for consideration.  

AUSTRALIAN CURRENCY - A virtual 'hodge-podge' of Australian banknotes has been selected to show the development of Oz  currency since our Federation - as well as to give an idea how different grades appear in circulation. Unfortunately, not all of the notes that have been produced are available for sampling and perusal - some are quite rare now - so that is the reader's chore to discover. This illustrated section is just the bait!

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