As usual there were a number of interesting coins presented to the Group due to their uniqueness, color, condition or rarity. These included:
- Foreign coins with a central formed hole. Brought along by a number of members, these coins were from PNG and Palestine and characteristically were made from a very light alloy metal. The purpose of the hole was keenly debated.
- A very nice 1986 English proof coin set was sent around the table for viewing.
- A continued flavor of foreign coins saw a two and half cent coin dated 1858 from the Netherlands. Also presented was an Indian 1958 square Rupee.
- A unique coin presented was a 50 cent piece celebrating 75th anniversary of the Australian Signals Directorate. These coins contained a word code stamped into its outer edge.
- A member purchased a PNC 2021 $1 coin celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 95th Birthday and 2022 $1 coin celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Both coins are presented with first day issue stamps. These coins purchased in early 2022 from the Benalla Post Office for $17.95 each are now advertised on e-bay from $150 to $200 each.
- A number of very high quality coins were circulated for inspection, contained in individual sealed and marked cases. This is to protect the integrity of the classification. The scale is called the Sheldon Scale with MS70 the highest rating denoting a perfect uncirculated coin.
Our new members are keen to learn about coin collecting and gaining interest in old family coins they have in their possession. The Group has a number of authoritive books on Australian Coins and Notes that can be borrowed.
If you have coins you would like to show the Group or get advice on then we welcome you to join us the third Monday in the month commencing at 1.30pm.