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Heaton & Sons Mint, Birmingham, England

Heaton & Sons Mint, Birmingham, England

Heaton and Sons is one of the longest running and most prolific private mints in the world. The company began as a family business in Birmingham, then a booming metal working centre, pioneering the mass production techniques of the industrial revolution. In 1794 Ralph Heaton I established a brassfounding business in Slaney Street, Birmingham.

By Museums Victoria | Friday, November 15, 2019

Halfpenny 1916 Mule - Rarest and most valuable australian pre-decimal coin

Halfpenny 1916 Mule - Rarest and most valuable australian pre-decimal coin

Considered the rarest and most valuable australian halfpenny, approximatly 10 examples of the 1916 mule are known and all have been pulled from circulation in Australia. While the Calcutta Mint was striking the Indian quarter annas and the Ausralia half penny 1916 coins, intentionally or not, obverse dies from both coins were paired creating the mule. The finds occurring decades after the original issue are met with skepticism by dealers and collectors across Australia and often assign them as fake.

By CAA | Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Great Aussie Coin Hunt - A to Z

The Great Aussie Coin Hunt - A to Z

In a joint effort, the Royal Australian Mint and Australia Post joined to release thousands of $1 coins marked to celebrate iconic things of Australia for each letter in the alphabet. Officially called The Great Aussie Coin Hunt, Nicole Sheffield, Australia Post Executive General Manager Community and Consumer, said a coin hunt is great way to reminisce about life in Australia.

By CAA | Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Decimal 1966 half dollar - The silver 50-cents coin

Decimal 1966 half dollar - The silver 50-cents coin

In 1966, around 36,000,000 fifty cent coins were produced at the Canberra Mint exclusively. The production of this round highest-denomination coin stopped when silver price on the market got up by around 80% in a few months. We know that the mint melted down a large amount of them early in 1966 and still recalled a lot of them each year since for melting/profit purposes.

By CAC | Monday, September 9, 2019

Wildlife designs on the decimal coinage

Wildlife designs on the decimal coinage

The idea of a decimal currency system really began in 1958. Prime Minister Robert Menzies was elected promising to investigate its possibilities. New designs were needed for the 1, 2, 5, 10 , 20 and 50 cents denomations. The Governement wanted unique australian themes as well as artistic reverse designs. With the help of a group of selected people, Stuart Devlin was chosen to produce designs based on australian wildlife with big numeral numbers representing the denomination.

By CAC | Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Sheldon scale

The Sheldon scale

The Sheldon scale was first presented in 1949 as a way to grade United States cents, but it was only chose by the American Numismatic Association in the 1970s for all US coins. Used by all third party grading companies, it is a numerical grading system (1 to 70) instead of a word grading system like the adjectival standard system used, for example, by the ANDA.

By CAA | Sunday, August 4, 2019

Defining moments: Decimal currency

Defining moments: Decimal currency

The decision to change from the Australian pound (with its awkward shillings and pence) to a decimal currency – the Australian dollar – had been a pragmatic, economic one. Yet decimalisation became an opportunity for Australia to assert itself as an increasingly self-assured and forward-thinking country.

By National Museum Australia | Sunday, November 4, 2018

Defining moments: Holey dollar

Defining moments: Holey dollar

The economy of the colony of New South Wales was plagued by a lack of currency during its early years. Governor Lachlan Macquarie attempted to remedy this by importing 40,000 silver Spanish eight-reale pieces.

By National Museum Australia | Sunday, November 4, 2018

Australian coin history - Timeline

Australian coin history - Timeline

Discover some of the most important events of the australian currency history.


By Royal Australian Mint | Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Minting Process

The Minting Process

Design, dies, blank production, coining circulating coins and collector coins, packaging and delivery. The Minting Process explained by the Royal Australian Mint.

By Royal Australian Mint | Monday, April 11, 2016

Australian reference gets a ninth edition

Australian reference gets a ninth edition

When I first started to write for The Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine, I asked John Mulhall, the editor, which was the best book to get to learn more about Australian coins. He replied there were several he would recommend. John Mulhall then sent me a complementary copy of The pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, which was autographed by the autor.

By George Manz | Tuesday, September 24, 2002

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