Volume 16 Issue 10Formerly published as the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition' (Est. 1996) October 2011
Edited by Graeme Petterwood. © 2011.
Please 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.
Remember - be astute when you are handed change - not all the wonders of numismatics have been discovered yet - and they don't have to be shiny and new!
This edition again features an assortment of 'trivia' that I think is of interest and I trust it will prove educational and entertaining to you as well.
All or any prices quoted in articles in this 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 and the 'Numisnet World' - Internet Edition. © 1996 - 2011. (Fair 'acknowledged' use of any original scan is allowed for educational purposes.)
*Please note that the photoscans of items are not always to size or scale.
PLEASE NOTE - RE-STATED DISCLAIMER: Where on-line web-site addresses are supplied, they are done so in good faith after we have checked them ourselves - however, our readers are advised that if a personal decision to access them is made - it is at your own risk.
THE SLIMMEST TWIG ON THE MONEY TREE!
The wonderful money tree - that we broadly refer to as 'numismatics' - surely has a most complicated crop of fruit.
Sturdy main branches lead to a rich bounty of coins and banknotes, of course - whilst other lesser limbs and twigs also bear worthwhile bunches of tokens, medals , medallions and other forms of numismatics - if we care to collect the full harvest!
However, amongst my money-tree accumulations, there is a rather slender - but, healthy - twig that is struggling with the weight of somewhat mutated coin-like and note-like fruity pieces, that often defy accurate definitions.
This growing area of my hobby is broadly known by its sub-title - 'exonumia' - and, it is represented by several albums containing metallic items that could be confused with coins - and pieces of paper that resemble banknotes - but, these 'coins and notes' are not all they seem. They are mainly fantasies of sorts - and, most are not as acceptable, in trade, as the meanest official coin. Beyond 'being interesting' - particularly, to those of the general public with a brief attention span - the contents would probably only qualify as a true hobbyist's 'last string' - the weird, sludgy stuff right at the bottom of the collector's barrel!
In truth, however, these disposable items are now pouring forth, from commercial printeries and private mints, in quantities too profuse and far too diverse to ever be catalogued with real accuracy. They are fast becoming the world's modern version of 'notgeld' - and will present us with the same confusion, in time!
Some people refer to these pieces as 'FUNNY MONEY!'
(Illustrations are not to scale.)
The Magnificent Empire of Texas 100 Bucks c.1952
A magnificent novelty piece of valueless paper that makes amusing reading and has many hidden secrets within the design.
Reduced image - Actual Size 34.5cms x 14.0cms. (13.5 x 5.5 inches)
The variety, in the field of paper 'FUNNY MONEY', is as deep and as complicated as we care to go with our imaginations.
Thankfully, it is still a relatively inexpensive area amongst numismatic collectibles - and, it is often topical in reflecting the history of the era. The biggest proportion of 'FUNNY MONEY' is manufactured in the U.S.A., where it has become a typically common method of passing on 'messages' - it is a phenomenon is its own right! For the sake of our sanity, I propose to only touch upon some of the main types that are regularly encountered - but, believe me, there are many others.
The purpose of paper 'FUNNY MONEY' is usually to advertise a product or commemorate a contemporary event - it can be satirical, encouraging, insulting - and, occasionally, it may even have, for a short time period, a limited value or a discount of sorts, in the same way that a 'GOOD FOR ...' metallic token may have.
Many of the 'Advertising & Promotional' paper 'notes' for instance are, basically, uniface in presentation - they have attention-seeking illustrated fronts with text message or blank reverses. The best way of showing how 'FUNNY MONEY' works is to provide a few illustrations - and introductory explanations. As I said, 'the variety is only as restricted as our imaginations'!
ADVERTISING & PROMOTIONAL NOTES or VOUCHERS.
Often commercially distributed by sponsoring organizations to celebrate a social event - such as a new store opening, a forthcoming public event etc. -or to promote a business product or even a social or religious group. This area is so huge that it is impossible to give it more than a brief mention here.
Rarely do they have a redeemable legal tender value - although some are dated and some can be used for specific events or payments.
1. Canada - Export Gold note with identical front and back - no legal tender value (Advertising Piece)
2. U.S. - Mini $50 note with 'What Money can't Buy' religious text message on back - no legal value.
3. U.S. - Elgin Coin Club 75th. Meeting Anniversary issue - One Dollar value towards the club's Annual Subscription for August 1993
4. Russia - One Bilet MMM (serial numbered bonus 'certificate' based on a percentage of share value) against MMM Company stock.
Identical notes (different coloured features) with various denominations were available for annual distribution to share-holders.
(The pyramid scheme business failed and the MMM founder and CEO, S. Mavrodi was later convicted of income tax fraud - and high level political manipulation.)
5. Tasmania (Australia) - £2 Convict Cash - a no value novelty, sold to raise funds for the Campbell Town historical event (pic.).
6. Tasmania (Australia) - One Super Cent - no value novelty, issued to advertise local 7EX radio participation at a local shopping centre.
7. Tasmania (Australia) - 100? - no value novelty, 1993 issue, to promote the introduction of the newest local radio station (7LA stereo).
Pre-purchased, or easily replenished on-board, low face value paper currency, or base-metal token coinage, for casual use in bars/dining-rooms etc. during sea-cruises, saves carrying uncomfortable amounts of legal tender small change or currency on the person.
8. Netherlands - c. 1947 Boordgeld Brass 5 & 10 Cent tokens. (scan enlarged)
(Manufactured by the Dutch National Mint for Netherlands registered cruise-liners.)
9. Queensland (Australia) - April 1989 - Uniface Cruise Currency issued in Queensland for 'Great Adventures Company'.*
(To be redeemed at participating resorts and the Company's island cruisers on the Great Barrier Reef )
Typical Barrier Reef Cruise Brochure - 'FantaSea' Cruises (August 1993).
1993 - FantaSea Island Day Cruises.
Great Barrier Reef island stop-over to play beach-cricket or swim - and to a have a wonderful lunch on the warm white coral sand.
*A considerable amount of 'Cruise Currency' is bought and retained by passengers as a form of souvenir - so the effect of 'seignorage' applies - that is where a nice profit is made between the replacement cost of a note and the face value purchase price of the currency that is not redeemed or spent.
Copies of invalid or withdrawn currency - such as Confederate States of America or individual State's dollars, including Private Banknotes etc. - as well as introductory training notes issued to familiarize the public with a completely new or altered currency - i.e. Euro notes and Australian Decimal Training notes.
10. U.S. - Uniface modern large facsimiles of various County Banknotes as originally issued during the U.S. Civil War era - novelty value only.
(These types of inexpensive mementos are now very common. Note - Colours and sizes often are not as originally issued!)
11. Europe - Issues of 2002 Euro training note sets bearing words 'Facsimile' and 'Specimen' - no legal value.
12. Australia - N.D. c.1965 multi-coloured, silk fibre banknote-paper decimal currency training notes (6note set)* as shown.
(These 'to size' basic colour paper note sets were issued minus a S1.00 training note.)
*Est. Retail value according to Greg McDonald's 5th Edition Pocket Book (August 1997) was AUD$9 per Uncirculated set (type illustrated) - however, by the10th Edition (November 2002) they were only being mentioned, in footnotes, and holding a value of approx. AUD$20 retail.
Details appear to have been omitted after that issue - presumably due to space constrictions. No catalogue number was applied to the training note set.
13. Australia - 'Readers Digest' Giveaway Facsimile 'Bank of Newcastle' 5 Pound note (double-sided)
(This rather 'notorious' facsimile has often been mistaken by amateurs for a genuine note of the era - although it is printed on thick paper.)
SATIRICAL & POLITICAL.
Commercially produced -sometimes satirical or insulting - often comical, currency look-alikes - usually with a party-political message! These notes usually have value denominations that are not legitimate - but they are often loosely based on similar Legal Tender issues in size and general appearance. Others are produced and used as propaganda aids bearing military themes, or, to denigrate - or popularise - the political figures of the era. Often given away.
POLITICAL FUNNY MONEY - NO LEGAL VALUES.
14. 'Greater Hutt River Province' - 2 'Dillers' - featuring influential West Australian Mining magnate, Langley George Hancock.
15. 'Boys from Brazil' - $4.25 - featuring leading Liberal politician Dr. John Robert Hewson, AM.
16. 'Fightback Wage Policy - Frozen to 00 Growth!' - $00 - featuring Liberal politician and Prime Minister, John Winston Howard, AC, SSI.
17. 'Government of Inflation' - $3 - featuring Liberal politician and Prime Minister, late Sir William 'Billy' McMahon, GCMG, CH.
18. 'Republic of TAXTRALIA' - 55 1/2Cents - featuring Labor politician and Prime Minister, Robert Lee 'Bob' Hawke, AC, GCL.
19. 'The Banana Republic of Taxtralia' - One Banana - featuring Labor politician and Prime Minister, Paul John Keating.
20. Facsimile 'Specimen' novelty US Federal Reserve note - $20 Dollars - 225 Pesos - no legal tender value.
21 & 22. Patriotic issues - 'Operation Iraq Freedom' - 'Support Our Troops' - US$1,000,000 notes - no legal tender value.
23.Madison Guaranty Note - US$3 note - featuring Hillary Rodman (Hillary Clinton) posed as 'Liberty' - no legal tender value.
24. The Disgruntled States of America US$3 note - featuring US President Bill Clinton - no legal tender value.
(It should be noted that some of these odd denomination notes have been tendered - and accepted - by gullible members of the US public.)
SEASONAL & FEEL GOOD ISSUES.
These are the exonumatic equivalent of 'Greeting Cards' - commercially made to be given as a 'gift' and to spread 'goodwill', they are attractive currency look-alikes Usually available in incredibly high denominations to indicate the 'worth of the greeting'! Seasonal and Anniversary issues are very popular.
25. Father Christmas 2003 - US$1,000,000 note - back shown - no legal tender value.
26. Birthday Bucks 2003 - US$1,000,000 - no legal tender value.
VALUE or 'COMPANY STORE' LOYALTY NOTES & MILITARY GIFT CERTIFICATE TOKENS.
These are the equivalent of 'Good For' .... tokens - and they are usually geared at normal circulation currency rates which can be redeemed at designated acceptance points - although they are not truly legal tender. Some are 'bought at the door' - and used for purchases in situ - to be used only in the 'company store'. In other cases, customers are given these branded 'loyalty' notes as a form of 'useable' discount or bonus after an initial purchase - with the expectation that they will be redeemed in the donor store.
In some instances, 'company store' notes are intended to promote an income by way of seigniorage - they are, nearly always, retained by tourists - who have to pay full face value for them just like any other purchase.
These notes/tokens often disappear into collections - or memory-boxes - and will never be redeemed and that provides a small profit for the issuer even if the item needs to be replaced.
Where the issue of these notes/tokens is perceived to be of long-term, they are sometimes used, between some members of the public, as currency - or de facto small change - but - CAVEAT EMPTOR - 'user beware' - some have a limited life-span, or, are extremely difficult (or impossible) to redeem outside their area of issue.
27 & 28. (Principality) Hutt River Province - 20 and 50 Cents serial numbered currency notes issued 1970 - front and back - featuring self-proclaimed 'Prince Leonard' (Leonard George Casley) - face value for purchases made in the Principality retail shop. Collectable value.
(Refer article - http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/july07.htm )
29. Kmart Cash - in various small change denominations up to and including #1 with serial numbers - featuring Australian flora - face value in national Kmart stores for duration of promotion. Collectable value.
30. Chatham Island Millennium First Note 2000 - NZ$3 note - various other denominations were also issued as time sensitive - at face value.
A subsequent issue of 'Island' notes followed in 2001.
"The Chatham Islands Note Corporation was the private organisation that was set up to issue the two series of Chatham Islands notes in 2000 and 2001. It planned to issue coins in 2001, but their activities were curtailed upon the instruction of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. The Chatham Islands Note Corporation ceased to operate some time in 2003." : - Wikipedia.
31. Disney Dollars used/redeemed on par with US Dollars - serial numbered currency with indefinite time span - 'legal tender' at any Disney facility in the world.
32. Military Canteen Gift Vouchers - various denominations
Printed pressed card for use by Coalition troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(These are commonly known as 'POGS' - named after cardboard play coins once found in old Pineapple, Orange and Guava soft drink bottle tops.)
INCENTIVE VOUCHERS, REPLICA COINS and TOKENS.
Issued by companies - such as the famous 'Reader's Digest' - as 'give-away' gimmick incentives. Sometimes used to validate entry into competitions.
These sometimes impressive vouchers and 'coins' are not transferable - and have no cash value whatsoever.
33. Reader's Digest facsimile 1752 Austrian 'Ducats'. *
For many years these lightweight base-metal replicas have haunted the numismatic industry. (Enlarged scan)
* Some time ago a correspondent to the old 'Australian Coin Review' (now incorporated into the 'Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine') mentioned having found, what appeared to be, an unlisted Austrian Ducat dated 1752, bearing the legend 'FRANC. D.G. R.I.S. A. GER. IER. REX.' with the portrait of Francis of Lorraine on the obverse and the legend 'TU DOMINE SPES MEA' on the reverse. It was very similar but 'not quite right' in comparison to others of that time period.
The 'coin' was, in fact, manufactured and distributed on behalf of the 'READERS DIGEST' organisation in c.1990 as a promotional gimmick, and samples regularly turn up on market stalls in both 'gold' and 'silver' finishes.
These 'coins' usually have a dark chemical reaction spot in the centre where they had been attached with an adhesive glue to a 'Reader's Digest' give-away sheet.
The reasonably well-made 'coin' has a measurement of 20mm. and weighs less that 2 grms. - a lot lighter than the genuine article - but, of course, it is now an interesting numismatic item of some small note in its own right - if collectors are aware and accept it for what it is.
34. Readers Digest 'Money Vouchers' - all vouchers have similar serial numbers ending in X 1 (or 2, 3) A-A
$20000 Maroon & $15000 Purple are shown above - not shown is the $5000 Royal Blue - all denominations have identical design formats.
Representations of currency appear in all sorts of forms.
Prints of notes and coins are seen on woven fabrics, metals and plastics - they exist in plethoric proportions on items such as Kitchen Canisters, Tea Towels - and even Key-rings .....!
35. Australian Novelty (Pre-1994) Decimal Paper Banknote range - reproduced in mini-Plastic for a Key-ring
(The $100 paper note was not introduced until 1995 - so this set is dated.)
'Tokens and Medals - A Guide to the Identification and Values of United States Exonumia' - by Stephen P. Alpert and Lawrence E. Elman. First Ed. 1992
'Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes' - various editions 1993 - 2010* - compiled and published by Greg McDonald Publishing & Numismatics Pty. Ltd.
BANK NOTES - Part 1.
Occasionally, when we are trolling through dealers' stock books, we see an attractive note that we are sure we have - but, wait! - there is something different, or unusual, that catches our attention - so, we take the chance, and, it comes home with us!
How often is it - when we are looking for something specific - that we then recognise the unusual items within our own accumulations?!
This brief article occurred because of a few such 'miscellaneous mystery' discoveries.
Some are genuine varieties - others, are just plain interesting to an inquisitive mind!!
Readers should bear in mind that this area of investigation is still amongst the self-educating numismatic 'things to do' - that we should all set ourselves. Much of the hard work, in this instance, had already been done by professional catalogue-builders - such as those contributors mentioned in Krause Publications 'Standard Catalog of World Paper Money' et al - but, that should not stop us from searching for varieties - and other fascinations - that haven't been reported. It's amazing what a reader's personal acquisition of a note can bring to light!
In recent paragraphs, I have been briefly featuring odd sorts of weird mystery 'banknotes' for readers' consideration - so, I plan to finalize this series of unusual 'banknotes' with a small selection of scans of actual banknotes that have something special about them.
There are still many more recent obsolete currencies, and fantasy notes, that deserve a closer look - and, whilst we should know better, we often refer to much of this plethora as - 'banknotes' - and, although, that term is only a general categorization, I will stick with it here for ease of communication.
At present, I have my accumulation of relatively modern international banknotes safely stored in 7 main folders - not every issuer that ever was, is included, but it is a representative sort of range, within reason, and this issue we will commence PART 1 - and that will cover the first folder with notes (A - B).
Most illustrations of official issue banknotes will have the appropriate Krause Mishler ('KM' ) identification number if available. However, as many older banknote collectors refer to the Albert Pick 'Pick' (P) references as published in earlier 'Standard Catalogs' - by Krause Publications, I remind readers that Pick or KM catalogue numbers are identical and interchangeable.
Oesterreichische-Ungarische (Austrian-Hungarian) Bank notes
with 1919 Overprints - DeutschÖsterreich (German- Austria) black and red stamps.
(Over print stamps not dated)
O/P 1916 issue. One Krone (Approx. 7 x 11cm.) KM#49.
O/P 1917 issue. Two Kronen. (Approx. 8 x 12.5cm.) KM#50.
O/P 1902 - 2nd. issue (auflage) red stamp added. One Thousand Kronen. ( Approx. 13 x 19cm.) KM#61
CITY STATE GOVERNMENT ISSUES - Russia
1918 - 19 Assortment of Baku (3 Flames logo) - Batum (Tree logo) Paper currency notes.
Block 1. Baku (1918) - 1, 3, 10, 5 and 25 Rubles (KM# S721, S722, S724, S723 and S725)
Block 2. Baku (1918) - 5, 10 - and 50 Rubles* (KM# S723, S724 - and S733* Bolshevik Soviet issue)
(This Transcaucasian (Azerbaijan) region was under changing control by Bolshevik, Turkish and British military forces during 1918 - 19.)
Block 3. Baku (1918) - 10* and 25 Rubles* (KM#S731 and S732* Bolshevik Soviet issues)
Block 4. Baku (1918) - 50 Rubles* (KM# 733* Bolshevik Soviet issue) -
Batum (1919) Postage Stamp style - 1, 3 and 10 Rubles (KM#S736, S737 and S740 all British Occupation)
Block 5. Baku (1918) - 5 and 50 Kopeks (KM#S726 and S728)
(Illustrations approx 2/3 size)
THE FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC of BRAZIL
Banco Central do Brazil (N.D. 1981 issue) 100 Cruzeiros* (KM#198)
(Approx. 7.5 x 15.5cm)
*The first thing we notice is the overall design of any note - usually a 'picture' of some sort - that is eye-catching in various ways - sometimes pleasantly, but, at other times, it is striking due to its 'ugliness'. The Banco Central do Brazil Cruzeiro note range issued between 1978 - 1981 may fall into this latter category.
Personally, I find that these notes of denomination values 100 (illustration shown), 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 Cruzeiros are not 'comfortable' notes to handle - or to even look at for long - due to their 'upside-down' double portraits and vignettes that our vision tries to 'correct'..
NEXT ISSUE:- Part 2. - with note selections from Cambodia (Kampuchea), China, Georgia and Germany.
'Standard Catalog of World Paper Money - Volumes 1 & 2.' - Krause Publications.
(Various editions compiled and edited by Messrs. Albert Pick, Neil Shafer and Colin R. Bruce II.)
AVAILABLE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER 2011.
by Michael P. Vort-Ronald
A result of 30 years of recording 40 years of auction and dealer lists, and recent websites.
Research from over 3,500 photographs taken from catalogues, lists and websites.
Collated information and illustrations from collectors and auctions in Australia and UK.
The result – 268 A4-size pages!
About 270 large black and white banknote illustrations - and 16 notes in colour on the cover.
When and by whom they were sold or offered!
How often individual notes have been offered!
Condition grades as originally stated with price offered for or hammer price in auction!
Often described as "Pre- federation" notes, private banknotes were issued over a period of more than 90 years.
They form a very interesting and attractive part of Australian Colonial life.
This new book is a unique and valuable reference for all who own, or wish to collect these notes & anyone interested in Australian history.
Only 60 copies printed* - Weight 750 grams.
$49 each plus $10 post.
*(2 or 3 can be sent to the same address for no extra postal cost. )
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*This limited edition will be quickly snapped up by dealers and those on the author's direct mailing list.
It is strongly suggested that any 'Numisnet World' reader, who desires to obtain this informative historical reference for their numismatic library, should make their purchase immediately to save disappointment!
NOW ..... IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS .... ?!
Please note, that I am not a professional numismatic valuer or assessor - just a fellow collector who has learnt a bit through experience - and, I will always advise that you should check with an experienced assessor or a dealer, if the matter warrants it. Although, I can often help with simple questions and getting you started - or, even head you off in the 'right direction'. Regrettably, my own tight schedule means I cannot spare time and effort in sorting out, and researching, entire accumulations on your behalf. That is what a hobby is all about - it is YOURS!
I regret to say that I have had a few unsatisfactory Internet experiences over the years - that I won't bore you with - except to say that I still enjoy a worthwhile outcome - when I can satisfy a genuine collector's query about individual items - as long as it doesn't become a time-consuming chore.
As you can understand, no-one likes the feeling of getting intellectually abused - so, I politely request that readers don't test my patience, if you are amongst the few who get too enthusiastic with the amount of items that need to be discussed - and tend to fall within the 'user-abuser' group - albeit innocently.
Remember! A few questions at a time goes down far better than the avalanche that buries and crushes me!. Also - I am not infallible!
After nearly 20 years of associating with the broadest spectrum of people imaginable within this hobby, I soon recognize when I am out of my knowledge depth -or getting taken for a ride and the spurs are being applied - and, if I'm being set up to push someone else's trolley for them.
I don't mind trying to answer your questions - we all have to learn - and, I well recollect my own experiences with mentors from many years ago!
I suppose I must have also seemed a pain at times, but they were patient - and I learnt never pushed the point.
So, if I ever do have to say, "It's just not on!" ... I do, usually, mean it kindly!
NOW .... IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ...?!
GENERAL INDEX UPDATE.
'TASMANIAN NUMISMATIST - INTERNET EDITION' 1996 - June 2007
'NUMISNET WORLD' July 2007 - June 2011.
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)
'NUMISNET WORLD' - INDEX - July to Dec. 2011.Issue 7. July 2011:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/july11.htm
T.N.S. RESUMPTION OF MEETINGS & PROPOSED COIN FAIR -A T.N.S. Executive Committee 'NOTIFICATION' has been received, indicating that a general meeting of past and present members, plus any interested guests, will be held on 21st. July at Battery Point Conference Centre in Hobart.
After the extraordinary long recess, due to unavailability of a suitable venue, the purpose of the meeting is to reactivate existing members' interest, stimulate new membership and discuss plans for a Coin Fair to be held, at the same venue, on 11th. September 2011.
THICK - 'n' - JUST A LITTLE BIT LUMPY! - A brief study of those 'Things' that don't sit too comfortably in our albums! We will all accumulate oddments amongst our collectibles that take a bit of thought as we seek to store them safely. I don't hope to have all the answers - but I do have a few items of the type that create grey hairs.
AUSTRALIAN CORONATION MEDALS 1937 - Just two of the scores of generic medals issued in Australia and other countries, within the old British Empire, to celebrate the Coronation of King George VI and his Queen, Elizabeth, on 12th.May 1937.
BANKNOTE ORIGAMI - An observation about the ways that banknotes were folded, to suit users' circumstances, in the days before wallets were readily available.
Issue 8. August 2011:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/aug11.htm
GRADING - At this time of year - our Australian Winter - it is comforting to sit in the warmth of our homes and, perhaps, indulge ourselves by playing with our favourite toys! Each year, I like to remind new readers of the pleasures - and pains - of accurate grading.
This month we will again reprise an older article and revise our expertise with grading local coinage from1910 - 1964.
MAILBOX - The Case of the Morgan Dollar. - Not quite up to Sherlock Holmes, but, a query from a lady in distress needed to be addressed.
CAVEAT EMPTOR! - Collectors need to be always alert when replicas start to appear in numbers. These are always filtering through the system - and the recent improvement in quality is creating concern. The manufacturers make no bones about it - they are serving a commercial demand, and, these are another item with which to make a living. Unfortunately, their products often end up in collections - and, they can be mistaken for the real thing!
BELATED APOLOGY! - A belated sincere apology, and acknowledgement, are due to 'MASTERCAST' of Hobart for an incorrect attribution on an medallion illustration used several times during the last 5 years. We have only been recently advised, by renowned Tasmanian numismatist, Roger McNeice OAM, that it was actually 'MASTERCAST' who manufactured the impressive Harry Murray Commemorative Medallion, issued in 2006.
Thank You, Roger! The correct attribution has been recorded for future illustration instances.
ANOTHER MILESTONE PASSED! - Our July issue marked the completion of 4 years for the totally independent 'Numisnet World - Internet Edition.' It is with some satisfaction that this milestone has been passed and that the privately produced publication has been well-accepted by our exonumatic and numismatic readers. The publication was formerly online under the permitted banner of the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition' for many years - and was seen as a 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' production even though it was privately funded and produced. We still enjoy excellent relations with the Society and will continue to work ethically with the T.N.S. Executive Committee and support them in their endeavours.
Issue 9. September 2011:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/sept11.htm
'ROBINSON CRUSOE' BANKNOTES - These lonely castaways are looking for numismatic companionship, but, they are easily forgotten and overlooked.
'THE ONES THAT GOT AWAY!' - We all rue the time when a 'treasure' slipped through our fingers because we just didn't have the means to put down the top dollar to bind the acquisition deal on the day..
MODERN WIDE DATE COIN VARIETIES - These minute differences are hard to spot without some sort of magnification - but they are out there - and some collectors live and breathe 'varieties' - and are prepared to pay a premium for them. Worth a mention in any discussion!
Issue 10. October 2011:-
THE SLIMMEST TWIG ON THE MONEY TREE! - A broad look at the intriguing world of exonumia. This is the fringe area of numismatics that either captivates or repels many collectors because of the sheer diversity of items involved. However, we need to look at it - to better understand its fatal attraction.
MISCELLANEOUS MYSTERIES! - BANK NOTES (Part 1). Another brief study of some slightly different and/or mysterious numismatics - or , at least, those items worthy of a second look! Let's start with a few international bank notes from the not too distant past....!
NOW ... IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?! We will try to assist our readers with their queries, so, please, treat our free Q & A section with a little kindness, patience and respect - and, spare the spurs! We are not professional valuers or dealers - and, we are certainly not infallible - but we try!
"AUSTRALIAN PRIVATE BANKNOTE PEDIGREES" by Michael P. Vort-Ronald. A new limited first edition A4-sized publication to add to our Australian numismatic libraries from a noted author. It has been 30 years in the making - and, no doubt, it will become the Australian collector's 'Private Bank Notes' reference of choice when any in-depth pedigree details are required.
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