Volume 6 Issue 5
INTERNET EDITION May
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AROUND THE TRAPS. by Graeme Petterwood - Editor.
When I needed to contact well-known author and numismatic consultant Greg McDonald early last month to discuss his forthcoming major publication (see below), it also reminded me that owing to previous space commitments, that I had omitted something that I usually do a lot earlier in the year. After slapping my own wrist for the oversight, I now take this opportunity to present my own personal review of Greg's current Pocketbook which has already been another outstanding sales success.
'The Pocketbook Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes - Eight Edition'.
As usual, this newest edition upheld the splendid precedents that had been set by the previous seven pocketbooks and I wish to belatedly congratulate Greg for maintaining his excellent standards once again. I have enjoyed using it to re-assess my own bits.
For any numismatist, at any level, this economical little guide (RRP A$19.95 incl. GST) is an essential acquisition - but, for the beginner, it is like being handed the keys to a goldmine - or, at least, to be able to identify real gold from copper pyrites.
The Pocketbook is a highly recommended Australian publication but, I know from personal experience, that it also makes a great gift for some of my overseas colleagues who always look forward to getting their traditional copy each year.
It is amazing just how many Australian coins and banknotes are now residing in international collections and, because of Greg's Pocketbook, the educating process has encouraged many of these collectors to become even further involved. These little Pocketbooks are now on numismatists' bookshelves north to Alaska and many other points east and west around the globe!
The Pocketbook has been carefully prepared, by Greg, in a condensed format that is designed to impart nearly as much information as the more expansive volumes on the market. The first 20 pages of the 368 in the Pocketbook, are devoted to 'things that we all should know' like the numismatic terms commonly used, grading standards, coin and banknote clubs throughout Australia and New Zealand, investment potential and many other facets that will make life a lot easier for the amateur collector in particular. It also continues to update the education of those of us who have been 'at it' for a little longer.
Stretching from the early proclamation and colonial coinages right through to the first of the 2001 releases, the Pocketbook covers mintage figures, metal composition, mintmarks, designers, special issues, coin fair releases and realistic market prices plus a multitude of other interesting facts in both circulating and non-circulating Australian coinage.
The Pocketbook also has a most comprehensive illustrated section devoted to Australian banknotes, both in paper and polymer, with additional information also supplied in many cases to compliment the basic requirements such as current market prices, signature variations, star notes and other notable varieties.
It is easy to forget that this book is supposed to be a condensed catalogue of Australian currency.
The Pocketbook, published in December 2000, is sub-titled '2001: Celebrating Federation' and brings us right up to the edge of the event - and it is certainly the big little'un of literature devoted to this most important time in Australian numismatic history!
Congratulations Greg - a little belated, but well and truly deserved!
Greg has also been working - '25 hours a day' - during the last three years on the largest and most important work of his numismatic career to date - 'The Essential Reference to Australian Coins and Banknotes' - and he tells me that when it is finished he hopes it will be the true encyclopaedia of Australian numismatics for years to come.
The proposed 1500 page hard-bound set with over 4,000 illustrations is already creating great interest in numismatic circles and should be a highly prized acquisition.
However, Greg may have nearly become a believer in Murphy's Law because, mid way during the preparation, he had an unforseen major technical setback that had the potential to scuttle the project completely.
An extremely nasty and dramatic computer wipe-out occurred and, when even the experts could not retrieve some essential files, he had to completely rewrite some data and resurrect some other details from various interstate sources. Fortunately, Greg was able to obtain additional expert opinion from the many friends who rallied to help and, whilst he has had to revise the release date for the Essential Reference, this set-back gave him the opportunity to consolidate and revise several areas prior to publication.
To further take advantage of the setback, Greg also expanded the Reference to include a considerable section on the tradesmen's tokens used in Australia during the mid 1800's - a section that he had considered earlier but the material had not been available until that time. They say every dark cloud has a silver lining!
Those of us who have had the chance to read through some selected pages, from the early chapters, realise that this Reference is going to be a tour de force by the author With his enthusiasm and his previous track record for excellence I have no doubt whatsoever that Greg's hopes will be realised.
The limited first edition (only 2,000 will be printed) two volume set, presented in a deluxe slip cover, will not be cheap because quality never is - but true value for money is always acceptable by most thinking numismatists!
Put me down for an early delivery, Greg - I don't want to miss out!
Further details are available from:
Greg McDonald Publishing.
P.O.Box 649, Lavington,
New South Wales. 2641.
Ph: (02) 6043 2733 Fax: (02) 6043 2722
Australia to issue three commemorative coins in memory of 'The Don'
According an early April press release in the Royal Australian Mint Homepage at: http://www.ramint.gov.au/press_releases/default.cfm a small series of NCLT coins will be struck in honour of a great Australian sportsman, the late Sir Donald Bradman. The following is an edited version of that press release.
As announced by the Prime Minister (John Howard), Australia will issue
three special commemorative coins in honour of the late cricket legend, Sir
Donald Bradman AC, universally acknowledged as the world's greatest ever
The coins will be produced jointly by Australia's two official mints, the Royal Australian Mint and The Perth Mint, and will be available throughout Australia from early to mid June.
be issued as legal tender of Australia, in conjunction with the Bradman
Foundation, the coin program will include:
1. A bi-metal gold and silver proof coin featuring an image of Sir Donald wearing his baggy green cap;
2. A 1oz silver proof coin depicting Bradman playing an off drive
3. An aluminium bronze frosted uncirculated coin featuring the famous Bradman pull shot.
Each of the coins will be surrounded by the wording 'Sir Donald Bradman 1908 - 2001' and will bear the image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the coin's monetary denomination on the obverse.
All three coins will have strictly limited mintages, with a maximum of: 10,000 bi-metal gold/silver coins with intended price of $380.00; 100,000 proof silver coins with an intended price of $55.00; and 250,000 aluminium bronze coins with an intended price of $12.95 and, within these maximum mintages, a limited number of sets containing all three coins will be issued, with an intended price of $447.95.
The Bradman Commemorative Coin Program will see the two mints join forces for the first time since their successful partnership in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Coin Program. The Royal Australian Mint in Canberra will produce the aluminium bronze coins, while The Perth Mint will manufacture the bi-metal and silver coins.
"Both mints are thrilled to be collaborating in another milestone commemorative coin program, this time celebrating the life of Sir Donald Bradman, arguably the nation's greatest sporting icon," said Mr. Graeme Moffatt, Controller of the Royal Australian Mint. "There is no more traditional and appropriate way for a nation to pay tribute to its heroes than by immortalising them on the official coinage," he said.
Mr. Don Mackay-Coghill, Chief Executive Officer of Gold Corporation, operator of The Perth Mint, said Sir Donald, who died in his Adelaide home on 25 February at the age of 92, was idolised by generations of Australians and cricket fans throughout the world.
"In 52 Test matches from 1928 to 1948, Sir Donald scored 6,996 runs at an average of 99.94, a career record unlikely ever to be bettered. He was a batsman without peer, a highly respected cricket administrator, and a gentleman both on and off the field- a national and international cricket legend, whose memory will forever be etched on the Australian psyche."
The Bradman Commemorative Coin Program will be available from the Royal Australian Mint, the Perth Mint, selected Australia Post outlets and major Australian coin dealers from early to mid June.
For further information contact the officers appointed:
Veronica Maguire, The Perth Mint, Ph: 08 9421 7252
Anton Porzig, The Royal Australian Mint, Ph: 02 6202 6858
This will be the second occasion when Sir Donald Bradman has featured on Australian coinage - the first instance was in 1996 -7 when an uncirculated (247,728) and a proof (22,500) A$5.00 coin were produced as a NCLT issue - plus a co-operatively produced coin and 2 x 45c stamp cover (275,000) was available at Australia Post outlets on January 23, 1997.
Wespac Bank also distributed a special, outer case sleeve, uncirculated coin (260,213) through their branches in 1996.
The two uncirculated coins were released at face value A$5.00, the proof at A$30.00 and the stamp/coin set at A$9.95
Currently all these coins retail at between 4, 10 and 3 times their original prices and are still appreciating.
LATEST TOKEN RELEASES.
ELLISON HAWKER BOOKSHOP.
Token collectors will be pleased to learn that Tasmania has a new Commercial Token.
Ellison Hawker Bookshop of Liverpool St; Hobart has issued a series of 3 special 30mm. metallic gift tokens which are fully redeemable in merchandise from their Hobart stores.
The three tokens were manufactured by Tasmedals Pty. Ltd. of Hobart and comprise of:
$20.00 Golden Brass
These tokens are believed to be the first metallic gift tokens produced and issued in Tasmania since the 1930’s and they are only available and redeemable from the Ellison Hawker store.
The obverse features a likeness of the founder of the business, Ellison Hawker, plus the business name and the 2001 issue date. The reverse top inside rim reads ‘Gift Token’, the bottom ‘Redeemable in Merchandise’, the large centred denomination - either $5, $10 or $20- surmounts the issuers name and business address ‘Ellison Hawker Bookshop -Liverpool St, Hobart’ which is produced in small print in two lines.
For all gift token inquiries, please contact:
ELLISON HAWKER BOOKSHOP
92 Liverpool Street, Hobart. 7000.
Ph: (03) 6234 4099
Or contact by email:
Product related :
PENGUIN RAILWAY CENTENARY.
"On 15 April, 1901 the railway line between Ulverstone and Burnie was opened and the train stopped at Penguin for the first time.
Trains continued to travel the line until 1978 when passenger trains ceased. The station was put up for sale and was purchased by Ron Gee’, a local identity, who removed it to his property.
In 1997 the Penguin History Group approached Mr. Gee with a proposal to purchase the station and re-instate it on its original site. With the assistance of the Central Coast Council, the land was purchased and the station is now restored and back on site.
15th April, 2001. celebrated the official opening of the station and 100 years of railway in Penguin."
To celebrate the occasion a special limited edition of 2000 carded 30mm. golden brass medallions - with the descriptive text as quoted above - were issued.
Produced by Tasmedals Pty. Ltd. of Hobart, the obverse features a Tasmanian Government Railways ‘B’ Class No. 3 Beyer Peacock locomotive as well as the wording Penguin Railway Centenary 1910 - 2001, whilst the reverse shows the Penguin Station with a train at the platform with the title and dates 1901 - 2001 in an exergue.
The plastic-sealed carded tokens may be obtained from the Penguin Railway Station for a small fee until sold out.
All token scans shown in this segment are kindly made possible by the manufacturers, Tasmedals of Hobart.
Unless stipulated all tokens are manufactured in polished Golden Brass.
The Tasmanian Souvenir Token range produced in 2000 consisted of:
1. Interhash 2000. Tas. Map/Tas. Devil (cartoon) Interhash Tas. (Number issued 1000) Loose single.
2. Generic Tourist Dollar. Tasmania Map/ Tasmanian Devil (Number issued 2000) Loose single.
3.0 Port Arthur Tourist Dollar. Tas. Map/Pt Arthur Church sample. (Not issued - Muled dies) Loose single.
3.1 Convict Dollar. Convict with Leg Irons and Ball. (Number issued 3000) Loose single - SOLD OUT.
3.2 Convict Dollar. Convict with Leg Irons without Ball. (Continuous Issue) Loose single.
3.3 Convict Dollar. Convict with Leg Irons without Ball. (Continuous Issue) Packaged single.
3.4 Convict Tourist Token. Isle of the Dead with Gravestones. (Continuous Issue) Packaged single.
3.5 Convict Tourist Token. Love Token with Convict and Woman. (Continuous Issue) Packaged single - Copper.
3.6 Convict Tourist Token. Details of Guard’s uniform button. (Continuous Issue) Packaged single.
3.7 Convict Tourist Token. Mini Cessation of Transportation Medal. (Continuous Issue) Packaged single.
3.8 Convict Tourist Token. Ghost tour scenes from window (Continuous Issue) Packaged single.
4. Maritime Museum of Tasmania. Tas. Map/ Museum Emblem. (Initial issue 1000 plus) Loose single.
5. Shot -Tower, Taroona Token. Shot-tower/Joseph Moir replica. (Initial issue 1000 plus) Loose single.
The range produced so far this year 2001 consists of:
6. Sea Horse World. Sea Horse/Sea Horse World logo. (Initial issue 2000 plus) Loose single - Copper.
7. Don Railway Token. Don River Railway logo/Dubs No.8 Engine. (Initial issue 2000 plus) Loose single.
8.1 Ellison Hawker Bookshop - Hobart. Ellison Hawker portrait/Redemption value. Copper $5
8.2 Ellison Hawker Bookshop - Hobart. Ellison Hawker portrait/Redemption value. Nickel $10
8.3 Ellison Hawker Bookshop - Hobart. Ellison Hawker portrait/Redemption value. Golden Brass $20
9. Penguin Railway Centenary. Beyer Peacock locomotive/Penguin Station. (Initial issue 2000) Packaged single..
CHANGE OF EMAIL ADDRESS.
Please note we have been advised by fine medal-makers TASMEDALS PTY. LTD. of Hobart that, whilst their office and showroom postal, phone, fax and location addresses remain the same, they have now changed their two email contact addresses.
Trade Enquiries should now be directed to:
8 Orana Place, Taroona. 7053.
Tasmania, Australia. Ph: (03) 6227 8825 (Office) - (03) 6231 5281 (Showroom) - Fax: (03) 6227 9898
Email: email@example.com - or: firstname.lastname@example.org
Articles published in this segment are eligible for the current Editor’s personal Award. The winner will be selected and advised in November and, after any necessary consultation, the name will be announced in the December or early January newsletter. It remains the Editor's choice to make this personal Award which is open to 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' members, sister club members, members of other numismatic clubs and individuals with whom the Editor has an affiliation by way of previous voluntary literary contributions.
The Award features a National and International category which takes the form of a Certificate and, either, a T.N.S. membership subscription (with all rights) for the following year, or, the Editor's choice of a numismatic item of equivalent value to an annual subscription of the "Tasmanian Numismatic Society. The manner of the Award can be determined by the winning contributor.
The following excellent article has been supplied from our T.N.S. member #363 Jerry Adams of Keller, Texas (just out of Fort Worth) and it has recently been published in the NATCA (North American Token Collector's Association) club journal.
With Jerry's kind permission we present this (ever so slightly) edited version for our 'Tasmanian Numismatist' Internet Edition readers. The story was too interesting to alter and the main players too memorable to be given short shrift.
The R. E. Wallace story - or I should say stories because there are several - are so closely intertwined with Jerry's own memories that they cannot - nor should not - be separated.
For further information about NATCA - or to read some other interesting stories about old West tokens in particular - Jerry's own homepage - 'Trade Token Tales - can be located at: http://members.home.net/tokenguy/index.htm
THE R. E. WALLACE STORY
(or - HOW I GOT INTERESTED IN TOKENS!) ©
from a published article © by Jerry Adams.
Often, someone will ask me how I got started collecting tokens and I will normally reply that I actually started by collecting coins at an early age, back in the 50’s, when many children and adults were also collecting coins.
It was a golden time for coin collecting, the post-war years of the early and mid 50’s allowed the average working family to collect coins right out of circulation - Buffalo nickels, Standing Liberty quarters, wheat cents, and Mercury dimes were regularly found and, on occasion, you would even find Indian head cents and Morgan silver coins.
Coin collecting at that time in Cowtown (Fort Worth) was synonymous with one man’s name, R. E. Wallace.
BOB WALLACE – WAR HERO
Reevly Elton "Bob" Wallace was born on September 4, 1921 in Belcherville, Texas the son of a section foreman on Melton’s Ranch in Montague County and he attended schools in Nocona, starting in 1927 and graduating as valedictorian in the class of 1939.
Bob was of "the greatest generation" as they would be called by award winning journalist and author Tom Brokaw.
For further information on Tom Brokaw's book of the same name refer: http://www.randomhouse.com/atrandom/tombrokaw/
He entered the old North Texas A & M College in Arlington in September of 1939, but resigned from school in October of 1940 to join the 36th Infantry Division Texas National Guard and graduated from Officers Candidate School in September of 1942, just in time to be shipped out for World War II.
He was at the beachhead at Fedahala, Morocco by November 1942.
On November 11, 1942 at Casablanca, Morocco he was wounded in combat for the first time and, after the battle of Kasserine Pass in March of ’43, he was transferred to the 6th Armored Infantry, 1st Armored Division.
Bob fought as part of the British First Army against Rommel in Tunisia and was wounded in action again on April 27, 1943.
Returning to duty with the 6th Infantry, he landed on the beachhead for the invasion of Salerno, Italy in 1943 and then he valiantly served in all the 5th U.S. Army actions in Italy, including the famous Anzio beachhead.
First Lt. R. E. "Bob" Wallace certainly served his country well during the war with honor and distinction.
He was eventually wounded for a third time on March 17, 1944 but his dedication to duty did not go un-noticed, however, and during the conflict he was decorated for bravery on several occasions.
Amongst his impressive array of U.S., British and French decorations were:
The Silver Star, 3 Purple Hearts, 2 Bronze Stars, American Defense Medal with foreign service bar, Combat Infantry badge, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with stars and arrows, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal with stars and arrows, French Croix Du Combattant, French Medal De Coloniale with Maroc Bar, British African Star, British Italy Star, French Douamont R.I.C.M., and presidential Unit Citations.
After the war, Bob was discharged in 1945, and returned to Fort Worth, and established the R. E. Wallace Stamp and Coin Company in May of 1948. The coin and stamp company provided continuous service to collectors of coins, stamps, exonumia, Indian artefacts, postal history, tokens and medals, for over 50 years in downtown Fort Worth.
BOB WALLACE – STAMP AND COIN DEALER
When I started coin collecting in the mid 1950s, the only major coin shop in Fort Worth was R. E. "Bob" Wallace’s.
His shop, at the time, was in the old Knights of Pythias red stone building at the corner of Third and Main streets and it covered most of the ground floor at that prominent location. My older brother also collected coins, and he had much more money to spend, since he was working. My brother introduced me to the "bid board" at the R. E. Wallace shop. The tactic that my brother used, was (similar to EBAY sniping) to stand directly in front of the lot on the board as the closing time approached, and at the last few seconds ticked by, write down your bid on the bid sheet to which the coin was attached.
One particular day stands out in my memory. I was about 10 years old, and one of my friends and myself were going to "the coin shop" to look at the coins and maybe buy what we could with our meagre funds. Bob’s shop was still in the Pythias building at 3rd and Main. We also went to a pawnshop at 2nd and Main, and bought a few Indian head cents there. Immediately we walked the block to the R. E. Wallace coin shop and sold one or two of the coins for a little more than we had just paid! We of course thought we were geniuses, and I am sure Bob was on to our little scam, and was just trying to instil a little interest in coin collecting and coin dealing in us.
Sometime in the late 50’s or early 60s, Bob moved his shop to the basement of the Leonard Brothers Department store.
In about 1968, Bob married Helen, who became his business and life partner. He was on the "subway aisle", and did a good business. He was at the Leonard’s basement location when I returned from military service in 1973.
MY FIRST TRADE TOKENS
Bob’s shop at the Leonard’s location is where I bought my first trade tokens and became interested in token collecting.
My first purchases of tokens from him were a H. B. Luck token from Fort Worth, and a Day and Night token from Fort Worth.
I would often stop at Bob’s shop while he was in the Leonard Brothers Building, and look over his tokens, encased cents and medals. He knew I was very interested in Fort Worth items, and he would show me all kinds of unique items from Cowtown.
The biggest mistake I ever made, was passing up a (non-dug) Fort Davis canteen token at his shop for $25 in the early 1970’s
(My excuse is that - I was a new collector, and didn’t know any better - and I'm sticking with it!).
The token was gone by the time I found out how rare it was - sold to a Dallas collector.
Later Bob moved his shop to a street level store in the Parking Garage building of the Fort Worth National Bank Building near 4th and Throckmorton. This was great for me, as the company I worked for was directly across the street!
In 1981, Bob and Helen Wallace moved the coin shop to a freestanding building at 312 East Weatherford St.
Bob was equally at home discussing stamps as coins. He was well versed in Texas historical paper items, autographs, early postmarks, medals, tokens, and most any item related to early Texas history. In later years, his passions ran more toward stamps and postal history. He was genuinely interested in the history too, one medal I bought from him, included the photocopies historical background he had acquired from the San Antonio Public Library.
BOB WALLACE - CITIZEN
Bob never forgot his combat experiences, and when the U.S. sent troops to Saudi Arabia for Desert Shield, Bob wrote many letters to soldiers who were stationed abroad, freely giving his fatherly advice and sending along small packages to the soldiers. He was always delighted to get return mail from the soldiers, and treasured those letters for content and postmarks!
R. E. "Bob" Wallace died in Fort Worth on June 30, 1999, aged 77,and was buried in Nocona Cemetery, Texas.
Helen Wallace continues to operate the coin shop at the Throckmorton Street location, into the sixth decade, as R. E. Wallace Coin and Stamp.
Since sending the article Jerry has informed me, by email, of a few further developments.
ALL THOSE FACES. by T.N.S. Member # 332 Graeme Petterwood.
It is quite evident to all those collectors of national or international banknotes, that the scope of their section of the numismatic hobby is far wider than coinage can ever be - at least it is as far as they are concerned!
The banknote collector will comment that if a series of coins feature an image it is quite often only one basic portrait throughout the range - similar to the use of Queen Elizabeth II on our current Australian and other Commonwealth country's coins.
Commemoratives, or some issues from countries that continually churn out multitudes of low value coins, will keep the coin collector happily interested - but, because of the very nature of those items, they are either expensive or hard to come by or soon gathered up to be used again when the value of the metal exceeds buying power.
However, when banknotes are issued - even in similar fiscal circumstances to coins - they quite often are used to showcase several illustrious or historically important members of society on each denomination of note.
Even though most circulating notes could be classed as 'commemorative' issues, they also tend to attract more attention than coins because of their size, their illustrations and, being used for more important transactions and being better cared for than coins, some often move back and forth across international borders and end up as interesting numismatic fodder.
Members of any community, as well as collectors, are apt to know those portrayed who fall within their own cultural heritage - or within the range of their usual financial level of banknote usage - but others, from times gone by or from geographical areas outside of their own, are like strangers in the street.
Take a little time to get to know a few fascinating strangers!
In Australia, for instance, the current range of polymer notes - with exception of the standard circulating QEII $5.00 - normally feature two portraits to each note. The newest Centenary of Federation commemorative one year special issue $5.00 has broken this small tradition and features two, Sir Henry Parkes and Catherine Helen Spence, but production is due to cease at the end of 2001 and the usual QEII portrait note will be reissued again - or will it?
Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of Windsor inherited the throne of England on the sudden death of her father King George VI and as a 25 y.o. young woman who had recently married Prince Phillip (son of Prince Andrew of Greece who is a descendant of the Danish Royal family), she formally dedicated her whole life to service to her country and has probably well- earned the title as the most admired English monarch. Next year, in February 2002, the English will herald the 50th year that she has been Queen.
Still acknowledged, by popular choice, as Queen of Australia, her Jubilee will be officially celebrated in some way, no doubt, by the Australian Government - and what better way than another special one year issue $5.00 note or suitable overprint on the standard 2002 issue now that a precedent has been set.
The $10.00 Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Patterson - Dame Mary Gilmore, $20.00 Mary Reibey - Rev. John Flynn, $50.00 David Unaipon - Edith Cowan, $100.00 Dame Nellie Melba - Sir John Monash series of banknotes are handled by most Australians each day but how many know who these people really are?
(Refer 'Tasmanian Numismatist' Internet archival newsletters - Jan/Feb 1997 - Feb/Mch 1997 - March 1997 - April 1997.)
Currently the U.S. low denomination notes feature the $1.00 George Washington, $2.00 Thomas Jefferson, $5.00 Abraham Lincoln, $10.00 Alexander Hamilton, $20.00 Andrew Jackson, $50.00 Ulysses S. Grant and the $100.00 Benjamin Franklin.
How many U.S. citizens know who was featured on the $500, 1000, 5000 and 10,000, when the U.S. ceased production of larger denomination notes in 1969?. Be thankful that these notes only have one portrait to think about.
These large denomination notes are still legal in the U.S. and can be redeemed for face value - if the person holding any of these note recognises it as a genuine item and not a piece of funny money, like the $1,000,000 commercially distributed 'note' depicting the famous Statue of Liberty. For those who have seen this 'note' they know that it is a convincing piece of paper indeed.
(Refer 'Tasmanian Numismatist' Internet archival newsletter - March 1999.)
Besides the mandatory portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the 1971 - 82 issue notes from Great Britain feature well known figures from the past, £1Sir Isaac Newton, £5 Duke of Wellington, £10 Florence Nightingale, £20 Wm. Shakespeare and the £50 Sir Christopher Wren. The current 1993 onwards issue £5 features George Stephenson with his original locomotive, the £10 had author Charles Dickens at a cricket match but now features famous anthropologist Charles Darwin, the £20 note features scientist Michael Faraday with students watching an experiment with electricity, and the £50 has a portrayal of Sir John Houblon the first Governor of the original Bank of England which was established in 1694.
No doubt the proverbial Australian, American and Englishman would identify with some of these characters from each of our cultures but not all! We all probably have some homework to do in educating ourselves to the faces on our own banknotes.
However, next time you pick up a catalogue featuring international banknotes and flick through it give a thought to those other thousands of sad, happy, proud, humble, beautiful or strong lined faces that peer back at you.
Why not select one or two every so often and do a bit of detective work. You will have a never-ending source to work from!
Who was the melancholy looking Lady Hazel Lavery who features so strongly on Irish banknotes?
How did Mustafa Kemal Atatûrk become known as the father of modern Turkey and what was his connection with the ANZACS at Gallipoli?
The sad Angelica Kauffmann and the proud Baroness von Suttner on Austrian banknotes both have stories to tell so - why not listen!
Our Canadian cousins have had Sir Wilfred Laurier, Sir John McDonald, W. L. MacKenzie King, and Sir R. Bordon featured on recent issues - but who are these dignified knights and gentlemen and why have they gained a place in Canadian numismatic history?
Of course, past and present politicians, religious leaders, despots, dictators, presidents, monarchs and such are always predominant on banknotes from every country - but even amongst this variety we can find some interesting, sometimes intriguing, human interest tales. Some stories are not pleasant reading but they need to be read so that we can appreciate the impact that the person behind the face we are looking at has had on history.
Like the stern faced and iron-eyed late Ayatollah Khomeini and the friendly-looking President Sadam Hussein whose portraits have replaced the faces of the late Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi of Persia (Iran) and the late King Faisal II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq on these countries' currency - what do we know of any of them prior to the revolutionary and bloody changes that have taken place in these ancient lands?
By now, you will recognise that the trend of these few paragraphs is directed towards the obvious!
Those who have decided to include banknotes in their collections can explore as many strengths and frailties of human nature as there are different faces on the banknotes they collect - and, if you are a numismatist who is just starting out or not committed to a collecting theme, they invite you to join them in their enjoyment.
What a wonderful hobby we have!
CELEBRATE WITH EXONUMIA. An idea suggested by T.N.S. Member # 112 Jerry Remick.
Exonumia is regarded by some purists amongst professional numismatists to be the poor cousin of the hobby, but most average collectors believe it deserves its place as a legitimate member within the numismatic family.
If you try to look up the word in a dictionary you will find it hard to find one that lists it. However, whilst the word may loosely translated from Latin can be construed to mean 'away from numismatics', in truth, the distance is not very far.
The 'Tasmanian Numismatist' featured an article earlier this year regarding the 'Wooden Nickels' that came into being in the U.S. during the Great Depression and how they have continued until this day, and will for some time to come, as advertising tokens.
We illustrated that previous article (Feb. Internet Edition) with several contemporary 'Wooden Nickels' produced for T.N.S. Member # 112, Jerry Remick and used by him as personalised 2000 Seasonal Greeting cards similar to those he has used over previous years.
Reminiscent of the original U.S. wooden nickels, the rectangular wafer-thin flat examples supplied by Jerry have a particular Canadian emphasis in that they are made from sweet-smelling Maple wood and the colours in the designs have been applied by using thin foil paper and heat pressing compared to the U.S. manufacturers who normally use inks for their over-printing.
These are a form of exonumia as are the 'gimmicky' rolled and elongated U.S. cents which are also used for advertising or greeting purposes. Many U.S. numismatic clubs have commissioned elongated cents to be made to celebrate major coin shows.
Of these two pieces of exonumia, one item was originally conceived and used as a form of emergency money - and in some instances is still used as a form of exchange - while the other is officially minted money even if altered into a newer shape - both legitimate numismatic definitions. So you see the two themes can be closely related.
We have all seen ornaments, pendants and brooches made from circulating coinage which are all forms of exonumia created from numismatic items. Many precious metal coins, for instance, are incorporated into jewellery and at a later time may be re-instated as numismatic collectables labelled "ex-mount" to signify the time when they were exonumia.
In an article by Jerry Remick, published in the numismatically oriented 'Holiday Gift Guide 2000', he explored the theme of exonumia as one that could easily be adapted to seasonal celebration.
"Whether one is looking to collect holiday-themed exonumia or to personalise holiday greetings by issuing his or her own personalised examples, the options are virtually limitless."
Jerry goes on to describe many examples of elongated cents and wooden nickels that can be had from various specialist producers or distributors that he has had the pleasure of dealing with and can recommend to those interested.
The samples of a personalised and a stock product that he forwarded, with his latest correspondence, came from two of his contacts.
Celebratory or seasonal cards with suitable uniface designed elongated cents attached are available from -
Ray Dillard, P.O. Box 161, Fenton, Michigan U.S.A. 48430.
Wooden Nickels that can be suitably illustrated with personalised messages on both sides are available from -
Canada Wide Woods, General Delivery, Gadshill, Ontario, Canada N0K 1JO
So next time you are stuck for an idea, for an truly original personalised celebratory gift, call and see what your local numismatic dealer has available or can get for you - he also knows that exonumia is an integral part of numismatics!
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have received several detailed news releases from token manufacturer, designer,
author and long time correspondent Serge Pelletier which will be of
interest to our collectors of Canadian Municipal Trade Tokens. Owing to
space restrictions we have including slightly edited versions of these news
releases so, for more
information, please contact:
BONAVITA LAUNCHES "e-XONUMIA©"
Bonavita is taking its use of the electronic highway one step further by launching a new service called "e-XONUMIA©". Subscribers to "e-XONUMIA©" will receive e-mail giving them the latest news on Canadian municipal trade tokens, scrip and medallions and merchant tokens and scrip (including Canadian Tire coupons). The same information will also be produced in newsletter format, under the "e-XONUMIA©" name, which will be posted on its web site at www.eligi.ca/bonavita
Subscription to this service is free. Collectors wishing to subscribe should send an e-mail to email@example.com Collectors that do not have access to the internet can obtain a printed copy of the "e-XONUMIA©" newsletter by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Bonavita at their regular mailing address.
"Collectors are always anxious to get the latest information" said Ray Desjardins, President of Bonavita Ltd., "we hope that this will meet their needs. We are always looking for ways to increase the enjoyment of this hobby."
Bonavita has recently posted a list of all year 2000 Canadian municipal trade tokens on its web site as well as one of all the 2001 tokens issued to date. The 2001 list will be updated every time a new piece comes out.
Bonavita has been serving the exonumia collector since 1979. It amalgamated in 1999 with Eligi Consultants Inc., a company specializing in the production of municipal trade tokens and medals, well known to collectors for its innovative designs.
FEATURED ON THE LATEST TOKEN FROM THE ACADIAN HOMELAND
CLARE, NS - The Clare Tourism Association is pleased to announce that their 2001 municipal trade token will salute the lumber industry by depicting a 19th Century water-powered turbine sawmill on its circulating bimetallic 2-Dollar token. Clare is located in the County of Digby in South-West Nova Scotia between Yarmouth and Digby and was part of Acadia. Three quarters of its 10,000 inhabitants are direct descendants of the Acadians deported in 1755.
The 2001 token features the Bangor Mill which is a 9th Century water-powered turbine lumber sawmill on the Meteghan River. It is one of the last functioning mills of this kind in North America. A major industry in this region's past and a reminder of the time when hundreds of such mills were seen along the many rivers of western Nova Scotia. Recently restored, it is now opened to the public. The token will have currency value, at participating merchants, until October 31.
Clare Tourism Association has been issuing such tokens as a means to raise funds
for their community projects since
1997 and this is its first bimetallic 2-Dollar token. "We decided to go to bimetallic pieces this year because they are so beautiful" said Jean LeBlanc, the program coordinator.
Produced by Eligi Consultants Inc., a company specialized in municipal trade tokens, the 32-millimetre token has a heart of silver-coloured cupro-nickel (20mm in diameter) surrounded by a ring of gold-coloured aluminium-bronze and is a whopping 3 millimetre thick. "It looks absolutely fabulous and is bound to be very popular with tourists as well as the local population" commented Serge Pelletier, President of Eligi Consultants Inc.
A limited edition three-token Collector Set (only 100) will also be available. The set, presented in a CD like jewel box, will contain three metal varieties: bimetallic, argentan and gold plated. Some very limited edition pieces will have the Acadian flag featured on the reverse in full colour enamels. Fifty bimetallic pieces and fifty gold plated pieces will be so enamelled.
Obverse: Bangor sawmill. Legend: (star, maple leaf, star) LE MOULIN DE BANGOR (star, maple leaf, star) / VALIDE CHEZ LES MARCHANDS / PARTICIPANTS JUSQU'AU / 31 OCT 2001 / 2 DOLLARS 2001.
Reverse: Clare Tourism Association logo consisting of a lighthouse in front of an Acadian flag. Legend: (Eligi mintmark) ASSOCIATION TOURISTIQUE DE CLARE (star) / BAIE-SAINTE-MARIE, NOUVELLE-ÉCOSSE.
Issuing Agency: Clare Tourism Association
Designers: Marc Goudreau (obv), Serge Pelletier (rev)
Mint: Eligi Consultants Inc.
Composition Mintage Price US$
Bimetallic* 100 $3.50
Nickel-Silver 100 $13.00
Gold Plated 100 $16.00
Bimetallic, Enamelled** 50 $19.00
Gold Plated, Enamelled** 50 $42.50
* The bimetallic piece has a heart of cupro-nickel (silver coloured) and a ring of aluminium-bronze (gold coloured).
** The enamelled pieces show the Acadian flag in full colour.
Shipping and handling and taxes are extra.
Those interested in getting some of these tokens should contact the exclusive distributor:
Box 11447, Station H,
ON K2H 7V1 (Tel: +1-613-823-3844 / Fax: +1-613-825-3092).
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org MASTERCARD and VISA accepted.
Recent father and long time friend of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist', Dominic Labbé, from the 'Association des Numismate Francophones du Canada'- (ANFC) has now created Amélya’s own Web page and like any proud father has proceeded to record events that will embarrass her when she gets older. http://www.cam.org/~anfc/amelya/
The following email was received from a young Indian numismatist who wishes to make contact with Australian collectors.
Hello, I am Dharmesh Thakker from Mumbai (old Bombay) in India.
I collect paper-money, coins and stamps, my email address is (email@example.com) - can you write back to me?
I am member of the Numismatic Society of Maharashtra State, India and I am the youngest one, I am just 16 years of age.
Mail me soon, please. Dharmesh Thakker.
Have a look in at the latest Bi-metallic coins and tokens listed by the WBCC: http://www.geocities.com/RodeoDrive/7513/wbcc/wbcc.html
The site has been updated and improved immensely over the last 12 months with hundreds of quality illustrations available for viewing. If you are interested in Bi-metallics you really need to look at this recommended site and its many associated links.
We have been advised of a change of email address by Richard Holmes of New Zealand who has been in contact with us periodically since 1997. Richard is a keen collector of Notgeld and can be contacted at: Richard.Holmes@mail.com
Sir. I would like to inform you about what I believe is the most complete
reference on polymer banknotes - refer to:
www.geocities.com/polymernotes/index.html Regards, Stane Straus. (IBNS LANSA)
While looking for something else we found a very interesting site. When you have a bit of time on your hands have a look at a great links page located at: http://www.californiahistory.com/museums.html
LEST WE FORGET!
ANZAC DAY 25th. APRIL, 2001
Many older Australian families still have first hand knowledge of the effects of both World Wars and the ensuing conflicts that claimed or changed the youth of this nation in so many ways. Even in times of relative peace, however, we must be vigilant.
Our young men and women are still making sacrifices and devoting themselves to our national well-being in either part-time or full-time military service - and, their willingness to continue extending their shielding hands to those less fortunate, can be reflected in the more recent events in East Timor.
Like most Australians on Anzac Day, we unashamedly share the triumph of the spirit over adversity, weep at the underlying sadness about lives lost - and also express our gratitude for the freedoms, so hard won, that have given our nation a sense of destiny on the world stage.
Most older Australians also know the fourth verse of Laurence Binyon's famous poem written in 1914 'For The Fallen'; it has been recited every year since 1921 at Remembrance Day and Anzac Day as the 'Ode of Remembrance'.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
If we attended any of the Anzac memorial services held all over our nation on this special day we will have heard or taken part in the saying of the ‘Ode of Remembrance’ - and, to those who have been left behind to grieve or to pick up the pieces - we repeat our vow - ‘We will remember them!’ LEST WE FORGET!
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