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June 6, 2023
Half Penny 1938 to 1952 - Price Guide
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 4, 2023
10 dollars 1966 to 1993 - Price guide and values
Sydney's early architect Francis Greenway, and Henry Lawson, one of Australia's best known poets and short story writers, were shown on the $10 note. Australia's banknotes were also transformed in this period. In 1988, Harry Williamson was chosen to lead the design team, with a theme of 'settlement'. First banknote in the world to be printed on a non-fibrous polymer substrate.
June 1, 2023
Half 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.
May 30, 2023
5 dollars 1995 to 2015 banknotes - Price guide and values
The $5 banknote received a mixed public response. Some people considered it too dull while others were disappointed at the loss of Caroline Chisholm, the only woman apart from the Monarch to have appeared on an Australian currency note. In April 1995, a more brightly coloured $5 banknote was issued to more clearly distinguish it from the $10 note. In celebration of the Centenary of Australia's Federation, the RBA issued a commemorative $5 banknote in January 2001.
May 27, 2023
Half-Sovereign - 1888 to 1918 - Price Guide and values
Edward VII's short reign saw an abundance of gold sovereigns and half sovereigns from all three mints. The bald-headed likeness was the work of George William de Saules, who also designed the obverse of the first Australian coins of 1910. The designer of the George V Australian silver and bronze issues, Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, was selected to produce the obverse design for the George V sovereign and half sovereign coins. Officially half sovereigns were last struck in 1920, but the rare 1918 issue is the last date known. This is also true of the last years of the sovereign. It is thought that, although minted, many of these coins were not released and were later melted down.