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July 15, 2024

Penny - 1953 to 1964 - Price Guide

Penny 1953 to 1964 - Price Guide and values

The Penny reverse design changed in 1938 and remained the same until the decimal currency adoption. The obverse now shows Queen Elizabeth II. In 1954, no penny was produced.

July 12, 2024

1 dollar 2004 - Eureka Stockade

1 dollar 2004 - Eureka Stockade

In 2004, the Royal Canadian Mint released special dollar coins to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Eureka Stockade. The design for this $1 represents the uprising of the gold miners at Ballarat. Eureka is widely viewed as the most dramatic event experienced on Australian soil in the 19th century. The event, which took place on Sunday December 3, is seen by many Australians as the rise of democracy in this country and the concept of a 'fair go'.

July 12, 2024

Australian Penny - 1938 to 1952 - Price Guide

Penny 1938 to 1952 - Price Guide and values

Most of the reverses on Australian coins changed in 1938, except for the Half Penny and the sixpence. The Penny design changed for the roo reverse. Our old standby, India, came to the rescue with the Bombay branch of the Royal Mint striking both pennies and halpennies during 1942 and 1943.

July 10, 2024

50 cents 2024 - 50 years of NAIDOC

50 cents 2024 - 50 years of NAIDOC

The Royal Australian Mint released a new coin in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC). It was unveiled during a civic reception in the Queen Adelaide room at the Adelaide Town Hall. The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Dr Jane Lomax-Smith welcomed more than 50 guests including members of the National NAIDOC Committee, NAIDOC South Australia Committee and the Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation.

July 9, 2024

Australian Penny - 1911 to 1936 - Price Guide

Penny 1911 to 1936 - Price Guide and values

In 1910, the first distinctive Australian Commonwealth coins, struck at the Royal Mint in London, were introduced. It was a somewhat jinxed start for Australian currency. Only in 1911 was the introduction of halfpennies and pennies for the first time and a portrait of the new king - Edward's son, George V.

July 7, 2024

New Zealand - Crown - 1935 to 1953 - Price Guide

New Zealand - Crown - 1935 to 1953 - Price Guide

The crown piece of 1935, popularly known as the Waitangi Crown because of its reverse design and exergue inscription, occupies a special place in the numismatic history of New Zealand. As a work of art, it is surely less startling than the British Silver Jubilee crown of the same year by the same designer, Percy Metcalfe, which depicts a bareheaded St George on a clockwork horse vanquishing a very angular wounded dragon.

July 5, 2024

Half Penny - 1953 to 1964 - Price Guide

Half Penny 1953 to 1964 - Price Guide and values

The Half Penny reverse design changed in 1939 and remained the same until the decimal currency adoption. The obverse now shows Queen Elizabeth II. From 1956 to 1958, no half penny were produced.

July 4, 2024

Australian coins price guide and values - Decimal coins

1 dollar 1984 to 2022 - Uncirculated and proof coins added

One dollar Australian coins produced since 1984 by the Royal Australian Mint. Most years since, the RAM has released special coins not intended for circulation, often with more refined manufacturing process than circulation coins.

June 30, 2024

Australian Half Penny - 1938 to 1952 - Price Guide

Half Penny 1938 to 1952 - Price Guide and values

Most of the reverses on Australian coins changed in 1938, except for the Half Penny and the sixpence. The Half Penny design only changed in at the end of 1939 for the roo reverse. Our old standby, India, came to the rescue with the Bombay branch of the Royal Mint striking both pennies and halpennies during 1942 and 1943.

June 28, 2024

New Zealand - Half Crown - 1933 to 1965 - Price Guide

New Zealand - Half Crown - 1933 to 1965 - Price Guide

The design on reverse shows the New Zealand coat of arms within Mãori ornamental design. The New Zealand coat of arms, adopted in 1911 and revised in 1956, identifies New Zealand as a bicultural country, with a European female figure on one side and a Mãori rangatira (chief) on the other. The symbols on the central shield represent New Zealand’s trade, agriculture and industry.

June 26, 2024

The 1999 Masterpieces Silver Coins

The 1999 Masterpieces Silver Coins

In 1999, a set named Coins of the 20th Century: Memories, limited to 15 000 sets was released to illustrate the popularity of classic pre-decimal designs. In fine silver, the reverse designs were chosen to reflect an important time in Australian history.

June 24, 2024

Pre-decimal banknotes price guide and values

10 pounds 1940 to 1966 banknotes price guide and values

It was four years after the death of King George V before the design on the front of the five pound note was modified. George VI's portrait replaced that of the George V and the watermark was changed to Captain James Cook. The death of King George VI belatedly led to the introduction of new designs for the ten pound note. Commander of the First Fleet and first Governor of New South Wales, Captain Arthur Phillip, features on the front of the new note and a theme of Industry and Science appears on the back, together with a woman modelled by Karina Nartiss.

June 22, 2024

New Zealand - Florin - 1933 to 1965 - Price Guide

New Zealand - Florin - 1933 to 1965 - Price Guide

The design on reverse shows a foraging kiwi. The kiwi has long had a special significance for the indigenous Mãori people, who used its skin to make feather cloaks (kahu kiwi) for chiefs. Nationwide studies show that only around 5 to 10% of kiwi chicks survive to adulthood without management. Kiwi is also a common self-reference used by New Zealanders and even internationally.

June 20, 2024

Sir Donald Bradman on Australian Coins

Sir Donald Bradman on Australian Coins

Sir Donald Bradman, died in his Adelaide home on February 25, 2001, at the age of 92. In 52 Test matches from 1928 to 1948, The Don scored 6,996 runs at an average of 99.94. He was a batsman without peer, a highly respected cricket administrator, and a gentleman both on and off the field.

June 18, 2024

Commemorating Army Centenary - 1 dollar 2001

Commemorating Army Centenary - 1 dollar 2001

One March 5, 2001, Lieutenant General Peter Cosgrove today a 1 dollar coin commemorating the Army's 100th birthday, at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra. This coin was produced to raise awareness of the bravery and sacrifices of the Army's servicemen and women over the last century.

June 18, 2024

New Zealand - Shilling - 1933 to 1965 - Price Guide

New Zealand - Shilling - 1933 to 1965 - Price Guide

The reverse design shows a crouching Mãori warrior, holding a taiaha. The Mãori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. They are a subgroup of Polynesians, who were the decedents of Austronesians (the majority of whom are Indonesians). The Taiaha is a traditional weapon of the Mãori of New Zealand, sharp on one end, with a slicing club on the other.

June 15, 2024

New Zealand - Sixpence - 1933 to 1965 - Price Guide

New Zealand 6 pence - 1933 to 1965 - Price Guide

The reverse of these coins shows extinct huia bird perched on a branch. The last confirmed sighting of a huia was in 1907, although there was a credible sighting in 1924. Like the extinctions of other New Zealand birds such as the piopio in the 19th century, the decline of the huia was poorly studied.

June 14, 2024

Australian coins price guide and values - Pre-decimal coins

6 pence 1938 to 1963 - Price Guide and values

The design was to change on each of the coins in 1938 - with one exception. It was retained for the sixpence and its fifty-three-year-old history only came to an end with the introduction of decimal currency in 1966. In 1947 and 1949, no sixpence was produced.

June 12, 2024

Fifty cent - 2016 to 2021 - Not intended for circulation

50 cents 2016 to 2021 - Not intended for circulation

Fifty cent Australian coins produced since 1966 by the Royal Australian Mint and it's branches were first released in circulation on February, 1966. Most years since, the RAM has released special coins not intended for circulation, often with more refined manufacturing process than circulation coins.

June 11, 2024

New Zealand - Threepence - 1933 to 1965 - Price Guide

New Zealand - Threepence - 1933 to 1965 - Price Guide

The patu was chosen for the design on the reverse of the New Zealand 3 pence. It A patu is a club or pounder used by the M?ori. The word patu in the M?ori language means to strike, hit, beat, kill or subdue.

June 8, 2024

2003 Australia's Volunteers Coins

2003 Australia's Volunteers Coins

In November 2002, the Royal Australia Mint releases 3 commemorative circulation coins on Australia's Volunteers. These coins were also part of the Royal Australian Mint's 2003 collector's Six Coin Set (Proof and Uncirculated finishes).

June 7, 2024

New Zealand - Penny - 1940 to 1965 - Price Guide

New Zealand - Penny - 1940 to 1965 - Price Guide

The tiki was chosen for the design on the reverse of the New Zealand half penny. It is an ornamental pendant of the Mãori.

June 4, 2024

Pre-decimal banknotes price guide and values

10 pounds 1913 to 1940 banknotes price guide and values

The first Commonwealth of Australia ten pound notes featured the wheat carters operating at Narwonah, New South Wales on the back. The next notes, designed and printed by Thomas S. Harrison, are longer and narrower than earlier issues. Later, there was an addition of a circle in the lower right displaying the watermark profile of the Prince of Wales (later to become famous as the King who abdicated - Edward VIII) and watermark TEN POUNDS behind each signature.

June 2, 2024

New Zealand - Half Penny - 1940 to 1965 - Price Guide

New Zealand - Half Penny - 1940 to 1965 - Price Guide

The Tui Bird was chosen for the design on the reverse of the New Zealand penny. It is native to New Zealand.

June 1, 2024

New Guinea coins price guide and values - Pre-decimal coins

New Guinea coins price guide and values

The New Guinean pound was the currency of the Australian Territory of New Guinea between 1915 and 1966. No banknotes were ever issued and all denominations larger than one shilling were Australian currency. Production of New Guinea coins ceased until Papua New Guinea started minting its own currency in the 1970s.

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