Publications and archives on australian coins
This section will present various publications and documents.
Bank of New South Wales - April, 1954
Both the currencies of earlier years, and those of today are of considerable interest from the standpoint of history. History is reflected in the world's currencies, not completely, but sometimes very pertinently. And while the average history student may not find in coins or notes the same pleasure that the ardent numismatist achieves, he may be surprised by the way they landmark some of the more significant developments. So, though we, in Australia, have comparatively few coins of Australian origin, yet those we have, and the other currency used in Australia since the first settlement, are part of the tapestry of our short but energetic history.
Bank of New South Wales - March 1949
When the Colony of New South Wales was established, no provision was made for an internal currency. Everybody, under Governor Phillip, was supplied from the communal store. Phillip found that convicts would work harder if a small amount of rum(as all spirits were then called) were issued to them.
W.S. Lincoln & Son - 1888
The want of an authorized and efficient subsidiary coinage, has at various times had the effect of bringing into circulation large numbers of tokens issued by tradesmen and others. In England between the years 1648 and 1672 an enormous issue of tradesmen's tokens took place, and Boyne in his valuable work arranges and describes nearly 9,500 varieties, and estimates that not less than 20,000 varieties were actually struck.