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Notes and coins

This is a colourful animation, with audio commentary, that describes the coins and notes of Australian currency. It distinguishes between coins and notes, and orders them according to their value. It explains that they both come in different sizes and colours and that notes are worth more than coins. The resource introduces ...

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Australian one pound banknote, c1930

This is an Australian pound note, issued by the Treasury and Commonwealth Bank of Australia between 1927 and 1933. The front of the note is elaborately printed in green with a background print in orange and grey featuring '1 / POUND' at the centre. A profile of George V's head is at the right, and an Australian coat of ...

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Medal from Cole's Book Arcade, c1885

This is a gilt bronze medal from Cole's Book Arcade in Melbourne. On the obverse is a tree fern and the words: 'THE / GOVERNMENT / OF / RIGHT / THE / RELIGION / OF / GOODNESS / THE / ENGLISH / LANGUAGE / IMPROVED / BY THE / BEST WORDS / OF ALL OTHER / LANGUAGES'. On the reverse is another inscription around a rainbow: 'UNITED ...

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Token penny, W D Wood, c1854

Token pennies (trade tokens)like this one often advertised the business of the token issuer. The coin is 34 mm in diameter.

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Merry and Bush token penny, 1863

This is a round, copper token featuring the name, location and business of the issuer: Merry and Bush / Queensland / Merchants and General Importers. It also shows the year the coin was released: 1863. The reverse features a coat of arms supported by an emu and kangaroo, with an 'Advance Australia' banner beneath and 'Peace ...

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Martin and Sach token penny, 1858

This is a round, copper token featuring the name, business and location of the issuing firm: Martin and Sach / Ironmongers / Adelaide. The reverse shows a blindfolded Justice standing by the sea holding an overflowing cornucopia in one hand and scales in the other. A sailing ship is in the background. Above this scene is ...

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Macintosh and Degraves token shilling, 1823

This is a round, silver token featuring the business and name of the issuer: Saw Mills / Macintosh and Degraves. It also states the value: One Shilling Token. The reverse depicts a kangaroo with 'Tasmania' above and the year below. The token has a diameter of 22 mm and weighs 4.591 g.

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Lewis Abrahams token penny, 1855

This is a round, bronze token featuring the name, business and address of the issuer: Lewis Abrahams / Draper / Liverpool Street / Hobart Town. The reverse features an emu facing a kangaroo in a grassy field, with 'Tasmania' above and the year below. The token has a diameter of 34 mm and weighs 13.45 g.

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Levy Brothers token penny, 1855

This is a round, copper token featuring the name, address and business of the issuer: Levy Brothers / Arcade, Melbourne / Importers of Fancy Goods. The reverse shows Justice seated on a wool bale, holding an overflowing cornucopia in one hand and scales in the other. A sailing ship is in the background. Surrounding this ...

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T Warburton token penny, 1862

This is a round copper token featuring the name, business and address of the issuer: T Warburton / Iron and Zinc Spouting Works / 11 Little Bourke St West / Melbourne. The reverse shows a wheat sheaf bound with cord standing in a field. Above this scene is 'Advance Australia' and below it the year. The token has a diameter ...

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S Deeble token penny, 1862

This is a round, copper token featuring the name, business and address of the issuer: S Deeble, Draper / London House, Bourke St / Melbourne. The reverse shows an emu on a grassy plain with a rising sun on the horizon. Below this is an 'Advance Victoria' banner. Above this scene are 'Victoria' and the year, and below it ...

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Miller Brothers token penny, 1862

This is a round copper token featuring the name and business of the issuer: Miller Brothers / Coach Builders / Melbourne. In the centre is an engraving of a coach. The reverse features a coat of arms flanked by an emu and kangaroo. The shield, surmounted by a rising sun, depicts a sailing ship, golden fleece, anchor and ...

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J Hosie token penny, 1862

This is a round, copper token featuring a scotch thistle, and the name, business and address of the issuer: The Scotch Pie Shop / J Hosie / 10 and 12 Bourke St East / Melbourne. The reverse features an emu on a grassy plain set against a rising sun, with an 'Advance Victoria' banner underneath. Above this scene are 'Victoria' ...

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George Nichols token penny, 1862

This is a round, copper token featuring the name, business and location of the issuer: George Nichols / Bookseller and Stationer / Opposite Corner to Post Office / Melbourne. The reverse features a coat of arms flanked by an emu and kangaroo. The shield, surmounted by a rising sun, depicts a sailing ship, golden fleece, ...

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Fenwick Brothers penny token, c1862

This is a round copper penny token issued by Fenwick Brothers, Melbourne retailers and wholesalers, in about 1862. In the centre is a depiction of Observatory House beside a large flagstaff with cross stays, ropes and a flag. Surrounding this illustration are the business name and address of the issuers, 'FENWICK BROTHERS ...

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Thrale and Cross halfpenny token, c1854

This is a copper halfpenny token dating from about 1854. It features the name, address and business type of the issuer, 'THRALE AND CROSS / HOWARD ST NORTH MELBOURNE / FAMILY GROCERY AND EGG POWDER STORE'. The reverse side features a stock design depicting a female allegorical figure of Australia sitting on a rock. She ...

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W C Cook penny token, 1862

This is a round copper penny token, dating from 1862, that was minted by Thomas Stokes. It features the name, address and business of the issuer, 'ODD FELLOWS STORE / W.C. COOK / BAY. ST. / SANDRIDGE / SUGAR COMPANIES TREACLE DELIVERED / ORDERS PUNCTUALLY ATTENDED TO'. The reverse side features a Stokes stock design. A ...

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J G Fleming penny token, 1874

This is a round bronze penny token issued in 1874. It features the name and business of the issuer, 'J.G. FLEMING, GROCER AND TEA DEALER', and has a decorative foliate design in the centre. The reverse side features a sugar loaf stamped with the letter F, and the text 'SUGAR LOAF / HOBART TOWN 1874'. The token is 31 mm ...

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Thomas Stokes penny token, 1862

This is a round copper penny token that Thomas Stokes minted for his own business in 1862. The token features Stokes's name, his business address and the nature of his business: 'T. STOKES / 100 COLLINS ST. EAST MELBOURNE / MILITARY ORNAMENT BUTTON AND TOKEN MAKER'. The reverse side carries a stock design that depicts a ...

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Thomas Cope penny token, 1862

This is a round copper penny token dating from 1862. It features the name, location and business of the issuer, 'THOS. H. COPE / GENERAL DRAPER / GARDENERS [sic] CREEK ROAD / SOUTH YARRA', and was minted by Thomas Stokes. The reverse side features a Stokes stock design. A kangaroo and emu flank a coat of arms, with a rising ...