We had a roll up of six of our regulars for our show and tell.
Doug advised the Group that the Olympic and Para Olympic 2021 coins can be purchased from Woolies in Benalla and that the Benalla PO can order in coins from RAM (Royal Australia Mint)
David who has an extensive coin and note collection gave the Group the history of the dollar coin from its introduction in 1984 to replace the $1 note including 1992 when no dollar coins were minted to 1995 when collector coins were first introduced.
Rupe presented four interesting gold sovereign coins that belonged to his father. Two were full sovereigns dated 1925 and 1926 (George 5 head) and 2 were dated 1902 and 1908 (Edward 7 head). Rupe told the story of his father having these sewed into shirt by his mother to avoid losing them in a robbery, prior to him sailing to England in the late 1920’s.
Jill displayed some coins from her father’s collection and spoke of the issues around how to clean coins. The general consensus was hot water only as chemicals can cause the coins to lose their lustre and deteriorate.
Wendy presented her Legends of Anzac folder collection of commemorative coins.These consisted of folders and coins issued through local newsagents.
Doug brought along from his pre-decimal collection of pennies including two pennies of note. The 1925 penny is the lowest minted penny, with 170,000 produced, other than the 1930 penny with around 1,800 minted. He also had a 1914 penny the third lowest mintage of 700,000. Both specimens were in very good condition.
As a group we talked about continuing with a variety of themes for our meetings. At our next meeting we decided that David would bring along some Variety coins (collectable coins with errors) including a CUD coin (Coin Under Developed), Rotated coins, coins with Privy and Mint marks. Our YouTube videos will also continue with PJ’s Coin Capers channel and next meeting include mint/privy marks and forgeries.