Volume 16 Issue 9         Formerly published as the 'Tasmanian Numismatist' - Internet Edition' (Est. 1996)        September  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. 

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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.




A few years ago, I wrote an article, directed to the average small 'c' collector. about the best ways to ensure the safe storage of banknotes - and, by chance, I re-read it again, recently, while checking on a related matter. Refer:-  http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/Oct06.htm

When I recently decided to check some the 'physical' items, to confirm the details for the written word, I needed to 'flick' through one of my world note albums ('P-R') to remind myself of its contents - and, I was drawn to the fact that there were a few 2 - 3 pocket plastic sheets that contained one only example from the nation it represented.

After re-arranging that initial folder - I decided it was time to 'tighten-up' some my note collection -  so, I used some quality time 'playing' with my entire collection of 'A - Z'  world banknote folders.  

It proved to be a worthy Tasmanian Winter day's preoccupation - firstly, it made me think about what I have (and what I didn't have) amongst my accumulated treasures - and, secondly, I saved a few 2 - 3 pocket note-holder sheets as a bonus!



.... but, I don't mean the ones depicting the Resourceful Castaway!



Out of the 220 or so - past and present - countries currently listed in the most current Krause Publications 'Standard Catalog of World Paper Money - General Issues'  - I have now discovered that I only have a fraction over 50%  of them represented in my collection of banknotes.

However, these two symbiotic lists are forever changing as newer notes are added to my folders - and, I know that nations, as well as monetary systems, appear, disappear  - and, occasionally, even re-appear - during the course of history.

Some of those notes, that are already catalogued, I will never collect in depth - either, because they are too expensive, or, because they are so obscure as to be virtually unobtainable from the local numismatic market-places I frequent - or, more simply -  they just don't turn me on.

Some of those more expensive items, that I do desire, will be gradually accumulated as I have the means - just as other less costly notes will be spontaneously bought - usually as cheap 'gap-fillers' - when, and if, I have the inclination.

Of course ... even at my advanced age -  I will continue looking for more, as I pair up my current batch of lonely castaways - and, we all know that the more we collect - the more we want! Getting one note - at least - from every issuer is every collectors dream - but, having TWO is so much better!

That is a 'collection' - albeit minimal - that I can pass on to my numismatic heirs to build upon, if they wish to..


Some of those others - that I already have accumulated (see list below) - may well remain like lonely castaways, as reminders of countries that are small in the scheme of things important - or, they may have disappeared from the current atlas with the latest shift in world power.

These are the ones that I usually refer to as my  - 'Robinson Crusoes'! 

These are the banknotes that Time and Man (meaning me) forgot - they are the odd, lonely examples of currency - that inhabit my numismatic albums, before 'Friday's' footprint is discovered in the sand, and, it is realised that the inhabitant may not be alone.

So, now that we have a sort of definition  - what do we do about it?


The reminder of their lonely existence was timely, so, I have decided to select a few illustrations - of the numbered sides - from my existing picture library - of these note oddments, and, when time and space again matches-up ' conveniently' in future newsletters, I will  take the opportunity to scan and show some of the others I have tucked away.  The scans are not to scale - most are a little less than half-size - but they are, somewhat, in proportion to each other.

For those who are interested - I have included all the appropriate Krause-Mishler catalogue numbers that I can, for reference!

Researchers should be able to do some of their own homework in regard to these note pictorials and their issue dates etc..

As you will see....some of my samples are rather sorry for themselves - they have been rather beaten-up in their travels - but, who knows, Fate may decree that this may be their only chance to leave their own single footprint for others to find.

My most current 'Robinson Crusoe' note list, below, is grouped into general geographical regions and contains the names of some old - and some newer - countries that I consider are worthy of adding another example to - if I see one in my travels.





Czechoslovakia (KM#80), Denmark (KM#48), European Union (Italy - Euro) (KM#4), Finland (KM#1), Guernsey (KM#48),

Ireland (KM#70a), Latvia (KM#36), Luxembourg (KM#54), Norway (KM#36), Sweden (KM#52c).





Biafra (KM#5), Congo (KM#91), Kenya (KM#33), Libya (KM#34a), Nigeria (KM# ?), Seychelles (KM#23), The Gambia (KM#5d).




Barbados (KM#29), Haiti (KM#259), Honduras (KM#61), Jamaica (KM#55), Trinidad & Tobago (KM#30a).




South Pacific.

Cook Islands (KM#4), Oceania (Japanese Invasion Money) (KM#2), Tahiti (Papeete) (KM#23), Vanuatu (KM#1), Western Samoa (KM#19).



South America.

Guatemala (KM#109), Nicaragua (KM#170), Paraguay (KM#193), Venezuela (KM#68).



Middle East.

Bahrain (KM#13), Lebanon (KM#43), United Arab Emirates (KM#8).


Himalayan region.

Bhutan (KM#5).

Russian region.

Uzbekistan (KM#65).


Mediterranean region.

Gibraltar (KM#20), Cyprus (KM#41b).



Major References:-

'Standard Catalog of World Paper Money' - (General Issues) - various editions and volumes - Krause Publications.



This article's preamble is something that I felt I needed to write for all those other collectors who also started at the humble end of the hobby!

Numismatics has never been a fad hobby for 'weaklings' - and, if we are working with few financial assets - the things we do attain are precious. These few  words might show WHY I have applied certain values to what I gathered - and have tried to retain - over many years.

It also highlights WHY I can recognise - and share the same regrets - with other limited budget collectors - for the 'ones that got away'!


The terms - 'starting at the bottom' and 'sweeping floors' - were part of my early working life - and the experiences were never forgotten.

Things were tough after the end of WWII - and, during my youthful upbringing, money was always as scarce as the proverbial 'hen's-teeth'!

From the age of 8, I had worked at various 'after school' jobs - I sold afternoon papers on street corners during the week - and, as I got older and more street-wise, I did the Saturday night paper rounds at the pubs after the local football games.

When I was 12, I started work as an after-school 'floor-sweeper' for a large old-fashioned family grocery store.

Duties included - cheese-peeler, bin-filler, vegetable sorter, storeman's assistant etc. - as well as being at the beck and call of the large grocery staff in their starched white coats and aprons - or anyone else in the establishment for that matter - and, I was also the 'go-fer' - the pick-up and delivery-boy.

After learning to ride the grocer's bike through the maze of electric trams, motor vehicles - and occasional horse-drawn cart , I was sent further a-field.

With the large wicker basket over the small front wheel, I became a familiar sight as I had to ride to the local cool stores about a mile away early each Saturday morning - in all sorts of weather - and bring back the orders of large hams, boxes of smoked or frozen fish and other delicacies that might be needed for the weekend shopper. I also delivered some inner-city customer's grocery orders on that old bike. Came a few 'croppers' as well!

It became obvious, after a short time, that our city customers all lived in the top rooms of houses at the top end of the steepest streets in our hilly city!


1949 King George VI - Ten Shillings note. (KM#25)

The 10 Shillings I earned for the 8 hour week of very hard work was never handled for long- it went straight into the family coffers - as mentioned, it was a tough time in the late 1940's. The Ten Shillings note (shown above) isn't even from amongst those first ones I earned - they were spent a lifetime ago -  but, it is a poignant reminder to me - and, it is a part of our Australian history.


1949 King George VI  - One Pound note. (KM# 26)

Value of One Pound was equivalent to 20 Shillings.

This note was found in my late grandmother's old Christmas Cards in 1976 - a decade after decimal currency had been introduced.


I grew up hard, more than a bit cheeky - I knew all the more interesting words, I was fairly lean and scrawny - a product of the times I suppose - my end of town had lots of kids like me. I was part of an Australian-Irish family so I learnt when to fight hard and when to run - and, how to survive on the edges of the inner-city.


1942 - 'Vimpany's Corner' - Brisbane and Wellington Sts.

Photo #51. by Doug. G. Wherrett - 'around every corner' - published 2006 - QV Museum & Art Gallery.

By chance - on the roadway, in the distance, are some of the street-kids I would have known. I may have been there amongst them.... !


I did what I had to do, to earn money, legally - but, I found out early that I needed to be a bit of a hustler - nothing nasty - just use my talents and brain to try and achieve a satisfactory end to a commercial endeavour - and to stay out of serious trouble - although I did receive a few cuts that left permanent scars.

I suppose, some of the other more mischievous things in my early life - I had occasioned a few run-ins with the local policeman - made it justifiable that I should have been referred to as a 'street urchin' in those days.

However, I was learning a great life lesson - how to deal with people - and, the way to earn a living through personal application!

I knew my hard work helped put food on the table and pay the heaps of medical bills - and there were always those!

My mother had died in 1949, at the early age of 32, from cancer - and, with my father just back from the War and only employed as a casual worker, my younger brother and I had to grow up fast - to be pre-teen youths with no real interest in the niceties - except that coins were "made round to go round!".

However, the other part of the adage - "notes are flat to stack" - didn't apply to our family budget for quite a considerable time! 



1953-4 Queen Elizabeth II - Ten Shillings(KM#29) & One Pound (KM#30) note.


In mid-1953, after dropping out of High school, at my father's instigation - due to financial reasons - I had started working full-time at the local branch of an international company - sweeping floors, of course - for the princely wage of £ 4. 0. 0 (4 Pounds ) - the equivalent of AUD$8.00 for the 44 hour week.

After tax was deducted, I took home 3 Pounds 10 Shillings (AUD$7.00) - of which I was allowed to keep 10 Shillings ($1.00) for my own personal weekly needs - like lunches and entertainment. Those amounts of money now seem terribly small - but, I made do with what I earned - and even saved a little.

On the way to school, I had walked in - straight off the street - and asked to see the manager of the wholesale company about a job - it was early, he had the time that Friday morning to talk to me - and I started on Monday morning in Floor Coverings without so much as a reference.

Although I was well-used to physical work, this new job was hard going - pushing hand-trolleys piled high with cartons of blankets, or, carrying rolls of linoleum and carpet, large bolts of heavy furnishing fabric and rolled floor mats on ones' skinny shoulders day after day.

The old-fashioned company was very limited in work-saving equipment - and it was a relief to be transferred to Haberdashery and Wool after a couple of years.  Ask me a question about soft furnishings, buttons, ric-rac braid and bias binding, hair-nets and cords, needles and pins, wools and cottons ......!

We didn't have a 'Mr Humphreys' amongst the 90 plus departmental staff  - but, we certainly had our 'Captain Peacock' and 'Mr Lewis' types - and, of course several attractive 'Miss Brahms' office and department girls and the inevitable 'Mrs Slocum'.

It sounds a bit like a wholesaler's version of - 'Are You Being Served?' - doesn't it?


By 1956, I was a typical inner-city young man - just turned 19 and back from a compulsory stint as a National Serviceman in the Royal Australian Artillery Corps. Under the National Service Employment Guarantee Act, I was able to be re-employed as a soft-goods warehouse assistant and order picker,  - and, I had a good chance for advancement to a junior city salesman who would be servicing the city's large departmental stores.

Now, ask me another question about Menswear, Corsetry, Ladies Lingerie, Industrial-wear, Crockery and Toys .....!

The disciplines of family responsibilities and work, plus the military experience in the 6th. Field Regiment R.A.A. - had played a big part in the opportunity that lay before me, and, when it was eventually offered in 1958, I grabbed the chance with both hands - and the rest is commercial history!


By this time, I had learned about all sorts of things - but was 'master' of just a few - however, I had started to know a lot of people in influential positions.

I had been promoted over time to the NCO rank of Gunnery Sergeant in the Militia - and I had met the girl who would be with me until death us did part.

I had also developed more than a slight interest in numismatics - purely from a personal financial gain position - this was brought about by a friend's request to sell a full plastic-pocket sheet of King George V Florins on his behalfIt was, also, my first brush with a 1930 Penny - this item was offered to a bank employee for £25. 0. 0 - a small fortune in those days - equivalent to my month's salary.

Both tasks were successfully concluded- and I was recompensed accordingly for my introductory involvement - but, I was quietly astounded at the prices that were achieved -  and that gave me a fresh idea about the value of our money beyond its 'across-the-counter' buying power!


One evening, in the early Winter of 1963, I received a message from my parents on behalf of an elderly friend asking for assistance in disposing of some coins that were a residue of her late husband's estate.

The lady - and I say that with the deepest respect - was very English - a former nursing Matron - who had been the wife of a professional gentleman who had recently departed this mortal coil - and she was wanting to return to her homeland to live out her days.

Over their active years, the couple had accumulated a great amount of low value loose change on their international travels - and I had the opportunity of valuing the considerable pile of coins -  and, ultimately, given the chance of buying them as a clearance lot..

My valuation was fair and my offer was considered - and, in writing - so she could try elsewhere if she wished..

 I was utterly surprised when this gracious lady came back to me, some weeks later, and asked if I still interested in the coins - she actually 'insisted'  that I give her less than my original bid.  She named her price - of course, I accepted - and, for good measure, she 'threw-in' a highly polished, hinged-top, hand-crafted, brass-screwed, Blackwood box!


In retrospect, I would say that it was then that I first started to actively collect the first of the thousands of pieces of world coinage that  I have handled since then ....and, for a time, I kept her hundreds of well-travelled memories in that beautifully plain and solid, little 8" x 5" wooden box. My first major buy!



In 1963, the Australian public were informed that the nation would be 'going Decimal' .... and, of course, that sparked an immediate interest in our contemporary Imperial coinage - and the introduction to 'Dollar Bill' - and all the little verses that were to help us over the conversion hurdles. Refer:- http://www.vision.net.au/~pwood/june09.htm


Of course, a pre-issue surge of decimal information was unleashed on the Australian public - and, at the periphery, a number of numismatic articles were published in our local newspapers about the Imperial-based coinage that was about to disappear forever!

Suddenly, local buyers - "looking for pre-war Silver coins, in particular" - came out of the woodwork; mainland dealers floated into town and held - "one-day only - best prices paid" - buying sessions in hotel rooms.

Few people had any idea what a numismatist was - let alone the true numismatic value of family hoards!

So - some swift deals were closed - the queues of sellers were quickly shuffled out - and, the few wheeler-dealers amongst the throng decamped just as fast.


As a youngster, I had managed to squirrel away some of the tips I made selling papers in the pubs - and I even found odd foreign coins in my change during and just after the war - U.S. Dimes and Quarters were relatively common for a while - sometimes a silver coin from the Middle East was in my change - so they were saved as well. In the mid 1950's,  I was made aware of the numismatic interest in old coinage, in particular pre-QEII.

When the dealers hit town in the early 1960's, I got rid of a pickle-jar full of assorted duplicated Oz Silver shrapnel - years later I came to realise that some of those coins had become very valuable. The dealer's heart may well have thumped -and hands may have been rubbed - when I tipped the coins out and accepted a price that I thought was supposed to be fair. 

Of course, at the time, price catalogues and dealers were scarce in Tasmania, and I was completely satisfied - Ignorance is Bliss!


However, I learned from that experience - even if it was in retrospect - but, it didn't mean that I didn't make other mistakes when I should have known better. The first item that 'got away' makes me nearly shed a tear .... !

I have already told readers the sad tale about finding an extremely rare Over-dated 1922/1 Australian Threepence (refer links below*) in a jam jar of loose change at the country dwelling of my late wife's late Aunt. This was over 45 years ago - and,  I still haven't gotten over it!

It was not a great coin - it had definitely been around the block a few times - but, it was a genuine 'rock my socks'  find.

Wanting to do the 'right thing', I had made a fair and considered offer, based on its condition - and my available finances at the time - and, it was accepted.

However, while I was away getting the cash, it was decided that I should leave the tiny coin on her kitchen mantle-piece for safe-keeping.

Travelling time from the farm to my nearest Commonwealth Bank branch was about a 40 minute round trip.

On return, you can imagine my horror on discovering that the coin had disappeared during that short period of time!

It transpired that she hadn't told her dairyman husband of its worth - nor my offer - and he had used it to make change for a casual  'cream at the door' sale!

We win some - we lose some!


*Refer:-  http://www.triton.vg/T22.html



The second major 'got away' occasion was a 'chance' that didn't quite come off!


1930 Penny Reverse.

(Library scan)

Some years ago, a long-time numismatic acquaintance confided to me, over a beer at a local pub, that he had two very rare 1930 Australian Bronze Pennies in 'good nick' that he wanted to sell for the 'best price' - and he wanted to know if could I offer advice about authenticity and condition.


Of course, I agreed - and, I was also prepared to make a tentative offer for one of the coins - on the spot - sight unseen - of several high hundreds of Dollars.

The actual coins eventually came to me for 'hands on' attention a few weeks later - I carefully assessed them and made an even more realistic offer which was only briefly considered.  As a professional salesman, I had learned to read body-language from an early age - and I could see the change in attitude..

My genuine offer was a 'taste of it's worth' to the owner - and I saw the old 'greed' factor kick in - and I knew that the vendor wanted to test the market further after sucking-up my advice.

It was unfortunate for me that a surge in prices was occurring for rare pieces at that time - so, his final decision was to put both coins up for auction through a reputable mainland dealer - also whom I had recommended. 

The auction prices realised, well and truly justified his decision - but, I must admit that I felt gutted at the time, and the few free beers that were my only reward seemed scant payment - but then, I looked back at my own life grafting a living out of little - and I could understand the way it was.

I will never be able to afford this coin now - unless I win first prize in a good sized lottery!

However, overall, I have found that being ethical - if we can use that as an excuse for missing a good deal - can cut both ways, if we are patient enough!




It has recently come to my attention - once again, that some collectors are unaware that several dates in our Australian coinage range have varying widths between the first and last number.

In the most recent instance, I was asked about 50 Cent pieces - in particular - those 'International Year of the Family' coins, dated 1994.


To my knowledge, the sizes most often seen in this date are 5mms. and 6mms. The samples shown below are in Mint sets from that year.

The coins in the 1994 'International Year of the Family' sets in my possession appear to be identical, but, closer scrutiny reveals a miniscule difference.

The basic 'circulation' set (top) contains a 5mm. 'narrow' width date spread - whilst the Gumnut Series Baby set (below) has the 6mm. 'wide' width date spread. Measurement differences on these coins were confirmed with an engineers' spring-lock calliper and a slide rule.

The difference is evident by comparing the gap between the final 9 and the 4 under (x10) magnification.

Basic circulated coinage in my accumulation appears to be mainly the 5mms. 'wide' width - but, the respected cataloguers' speculation is that the wider date is more common in Mint Sets - however, the jury is still out on that!  At present, retail prices do reflect a slight difference in the two widths - but Time will tell.



1994 'International Year of the Family' Mint Sets - with narrow (5mm.) and wide (6mm.) dates.


Additional Reference:-

Greg McDonald's - "The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes - 2011"




Tasmanian Numismatic Society


Hampden Road, Battery Point.


At a ‘revival’ meeting held at the BATTERY POINT COMMUNITY CENTRE, Hampden Rd., Battery Point, Hobart, on 21st. July 2011- at which another prospective new member was welcomed - it was decided to resume the regular Meetings of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society - after an extended period of relative inactivity.

It was proposed that General Meetings will be held at the above venue on the last Thursday of each month - commencing at 7.30 p.m. - until further notice. It is intended to discuss all matters relating to the hobby of numismatics and associated matters.


The next two General Meeting dates are scheduled for:-  

29th. September.

27th. October.

Current financial members - and those interested in joining the T.N.S. - are cordially invited to attend.



11th. September 2011.





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'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:-  

'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.

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 breath 'varieties' - and are prepared to pay a premium for them. Worth a mention!

REMINDERS - At the request of the 'Tasmanian Numismatic Society' -  and, in the interest of the hobby - we post these local meeting reminders from time to time. Those members of the Australian public - or any visitors - who already have an interest in this great hobby - or wish to know more about getting started - are cordially invited to attend. It is the first step on a wonderful journey!





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The ''NumisNet World'' (Internet Edition) newsletter abides by the same basic guidelines suggested for the official 'Tasmanian Numismatist' newsletter.

The ‘Tasmanian Numismatist’ newsletter is the only official newsletter of the ‘Tasmanian Numismatic Society’ and it is published periodically and distributed by post, or hand delivered, directly to members of the Tasmanian Numismatic Society and selected associates and institutions. All titles and matters pertaining to the T.N.S. are re-published with the permission of the current Executive Committee of the ‘Tasmanian Numismatic Society.

Any literary contributions or relevant and constructive comments regarding numismatics are always welcome.

Please note that all opinions expressed in material published in the ''NumisNet World'' (Internet Edition) newsletter are those of the authors, and not necessarily those of the Editor. 

ALL comments in linked articles are the responsibility of the original authors.

Bearing in mind our public disclaimers, any Internet links selected by the authors of this newsletter, are usually provided as a complimentary source of reference to the featured article in regard to: (1) Illustrations -  or  - (2) To provide additional important information. 

Some illustrated items - including their designs and packaging -  may be subject to existing copyright restrictions. In such instances, they may not be replicated or their images reproduced or republished - unless prior permission is sought from, and given by, the originator, owner or licensee of such item, design or packaging.



The 'NumisNet World' (Internet Edition) newsletter complies with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act.

Under this act, information about individuals can be stored and published only if: the information is already contained in a publicly available document or if personal information has been provided by the individual to whom the information relates, and if that individual is aware of the purposes for which the information is being collected.

All information published by the ''NumisNet World'' (Internet Edition) newsletter is either publicly available, or has been voluntarily provided by writers, on request from the Editor of the ''NumisNet World'  (Internet Edition) newsletter.

While the ''NumisNet World' (Internet Edition) newsletter may hold writers' addresses and other details for the purposes of communication and copyright protection, it will never make such addresses or details available to any member of the public without the permission of those involved.

The 'NumisNet World'' (Internet Edition) newsletter also respects the privacy of our readers. When you write to us with comments, queries or suggestions, you may provide us with personal information including your contact address or other relevant information. Your personal information will never be made available to a third party without permission.



All details of a commercial nature, organisations, items or individual arrangement to buy, sell or trade are provided in good faith as information only, and any consequent dealings are between the parties concerned. 

The 'NumisNet World' (Internet Edition) newsletter takes no responsibility for disagreements between parties, and also reserves the right to only feature information that it considers suitable in promoting the hobby to our readers. Deadline for any literary contributions or amendment to copy is 7 Days prior to the beginning of the month of publication.



The contents of this Internet newsletter, and all prior issues - included the 'Tasmanian Numismatist - Internet Edition' - are copyrighted ©, but anything herein can be fairly used to promote the great hobby of numismatics; however, we do like to be asked by commercial interests if they wish to use any of our copy. 

This permission, however, does not extend to any article specifically marked as copyrighted © by the author of the article. Explicit permission from the author or the Editor of the  NumisNet World' '(Internet Edition) newsletter is required prior to use of that material.


The Editor,

Numisnet World - (Internet Edition). 

P.O. Box 10,

Ravenswood. 7250. Tasmania.


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Email: pwood@vision.net.au