Australian Coinage and Numismatic News

Australian Ceremony for Scout Centenary Coin The Royal Australian Mint kicked off the introduction of a new circulating one dollar coin and a series of new collector coins with a gigantic and symbolic coin commemorating the Centenary of Scouts Australia.

The model coin was the largest ever produced by the Mint at an impressive 400 times the size of the normal one dollar circulating coin.

Its unveiling appropriately took place in front of a group of children and young adults who represented various scouting groups across Australia.

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It’s rare to find a mint gallery with coin photos, information and prices within a single location. You can naturally visit world mint websites and find their latest offerings. However, sometimes you really have to search and click around several times in order to drill down and locate a coin’s photo, details and price.

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The Royal Australian Mint has announced the start of the 2008 Polar Series coins, which mark the 4th International Polar Year – a large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic.

This 2008 $5 Polar Antarctic Territory Silver Proof Coin is the first in a series of three $5 proof coins in the Polar Series, marking the 4th International Polar Year.

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Today, the historic Perth Mint reveals its new corporate identity to an international audience at the 2008 World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer, Ed Harbuz said, “revitalizing The Perth Mint brand was necessary to echo expanding global business activities and to provide flexibility to adapt to the increasingly varied media […]

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Australian Lunar Series II 2008 Coloured Mouse 1oz Silver Coin images courtesy of Perth Mint)The Chinese calendar offers an intriguing system of time measurement that predates all other calendars. For coin collectors, its yearly changing of themes also makes it well designed for commemorative coins.

February 7 marks the start of the ‘Year of the Rat‘, which occurs once every 12 years. (Several past, present and next occurrence years are, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.)

For this new year, there are several commemorative coins celebrating the event from at least two different countries.

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It’s time for the world Coin of the Year (COTY) voting. The World Coin News sponsored event is running on its 25th year of honoring coinage mints from around the world. This year there’s something different – a brand new category, the "People’s Choice Award".

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Last week was Queen Elizabeth’s and Prince Philip’s 60th – the Diamond – Wedding Anniversary. Anyone’s 60th wedding anniversary deserves some news time and a shout of congratulations. A royal 60th anniversary is on a completely different scale. And perhaps more so deserved as it was the first diamond wedding anniversary in British royal history. […]

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Two firsts meet — Australia’s very first coin and its very first million dollar coin — at the Coinworks Dollars & Dumps Exhibition in Melbourne. The Australian Proof 1930 Penny is valued at more than one million dollars. Alongside the penny, and not to be short-changed by much in comparative uniqueness, if at all, is […]

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Last month the Royal Australian Mint had an evening gala where they introduced their 2008 theme and series of coins. The gala was likely a blast, the theme – the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE) – a bit of a mouthful, and the coins, well… they were undoubtedly the talk of the party. The […]

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The Soviet Union launched Sputnik on October 4, 1957. The world’s first artificial satellite was about the size of a basketball, but it didn’t bounce like one. It’s impact was instead a world-wide event that marked the start of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. Setting aside country affiliation and […]

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