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Melbourne International Exhibition gold prize medal, 1880

This is a gold medal from the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition. On the obverse is the head of Queen Victoria, with the words 'MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION MDCCCLXXX' around the edge. On the reverse is a quote from Virgil's 'Aeneid' in Latin: "VITAM EXCOLUERE PER ARTES" (life improved through arts) surrounded ...

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Professor Holloway proof token halfpenny, c1857

This is a round bronzed copper proof striking of a Professor Holloway token, minted by J Moore. The token features a profile head of Professor Holloway on the obverse with PROFESSOR HOLLOWAY / LONDON inscribed around the edge. On the reverse is a rendition of Hygeia, the ancient Greek goddess of health, looking at a snake ...

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Fisher token halfpenny, 1857

This is a round copper token, minted by W. J. Taylor, London. The obverse features an emu facing a kangaroo in a grassy field. Above them is inscribed 'AUSTRALIA' and underneath, '1857'. On the rim and the field of the reverse is inscribed: 'FISHER / DRAPER / MARLBOROUGH HOUSE / GARDINERS CREEK ROAD'. The token is 28 mm ...

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Prince Philip opens new mint, 1965 - asset 1

This is a clip taken from the beginning of an item in the black-and-white Movietone News newsreel released to cinemas on 25 February 1965. The clip opens with a musical fanfare and the title 'ROYAL TOUR: PRINCE PHILIP OPENS NEW MINT' is overlaid on footage of working machinery. The item begins with a long shot of the Royal ...

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Prince Philip opens new mint, 1965 - asset 2

This is a clip taken from the second half of an item in the black-and-white Movietone News newsreel released to cinemas on 25 February 1965. The item is titled 'Royal tour: Prince Philip opens new mint'. The excerpt shows the coin-making machinery in operation in the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra. The Federal Treasurer, ...

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Australia's mineral wealth, 1934 - asset 8

This is a segment of a black-and-white film produced by Australian Government Film Products in 1934 titled 'Mineral wealth'. The commentary, which dwells on the irony of so much money being available at the mint, is backed by light organ music. Men in the Perth Royal Mint pour gold dust into a crucible. The film cuts to ...

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Australia's mineral wealth, 1934 - asset 9

This is a segment of a black-and-white film produced by Australian Government Film Products in 1934 titled 'Mineral wealth'. The commentary is backed by light organ music. At the Royal Mint in Perth men guide rods of gold through machines to reduce them to the desired thickness. The flattened rods are carefully weighed ...

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Royal Australian Mint: learning

This website provides a range of resources and activities and activities for students and teachers about the history of Australian currency, the minting process and Australia's decimal currency. Of note is an interactive slideshow with high resolution images of currencies from Indigenous barter systems to modern Australian ...

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Australian coin history

This interactive slideshow from the Royal Australian Mint provides a series of high resolution images and brief descriptions of currencies from Indigenous barter systems to modern Australian currency. A downloadable fact sheet on Australian coin history is accessible from selected pages within the slideshow.

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Royal Australian Mint: units of work

This suite of teaching and learning units of work related to Australian currencies for middle and upper primary students. The units explore the role coins play in commemoration and the history of Australian currency from colonial times to post Federation. Lessons are supplemented with a range of cross-curriculum lesson ideas.

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Decimal currency

This interactive slideshow from the Royal Australian Mint provides a series of high resolution images and brief descriptions of the transition from pre-decimal to decimal currency in Australia.

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Investigating Australian coins

This teaching and learning unit of work contains five lessons that explore Australian coin currencies. Students learn to recognise, describe and order coins according to their values and experiment with counting small coin collections.