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Funny money

What do you use money to buy? In this clip we look at Australian money. See the different coins and notes that make up our money system. We investigate if size, (in coins) does matter. Check out how many 5 cent pieces you need to make two dollars. We also look at some currencies used around the world. Find out which country ...

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Miller and Dismorr token penny, c1854-56

This is a round copper token, minted by Smith and Kemp of Birmingham. On the obverse is stamped: 'MILLER AND DISMORR / MELBOURNE / DRAPERS / HABERDASHERS AND C / COLLINS.ST'. On the reverse is stamped: 'ONE / PENNY / TOKEN / SMITH AND KEMP. BIRMM'. The coin is 34 mm in diameter and weighs 15.977 g.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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What is the GST?

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tax placed on things people buy with money or things people do for money. Can you name some goods and services that have GST? What about some goods and services that don't have GST? Find out when and why the GST was first introduced.

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O.H. Hedberg token penny, c1860

This is a round copper token minted by W. J. Taylor, London. Around the edge of the obverse is an inscription: 'O.H.HEDBERG / SWEDISH HOUSE HOBART TON'. In the centre is the denomination, 'ONE PENNY'. The reverse is a stock die featuring a female figure of Australia seated on a rock. She holds an olive branch extended in ...

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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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Calculating ratios using the value of the Australian dollar

The value of the Australian dollar rises and falls on a regular basis. Listen to Kirsty Bennett explain how this is good if we want to purchase goods that are produced overseas but makes Australia a more expensive place for tourists to visit. This clip provides a context to calculate ratios.

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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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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 ...