Discussion centered around the following topics.
Pre-decimal coins: One of our newer members is noodling his old cache of pre-decimal coins and with the use of the Rennicks bible on coins, is learning/discovering the mintage numbers and those coins that re now considered collectables.
Damaged coins: Coins showing signs of damage are worth a second look as to whether the coin condition is as a result that occurred during mintage or has happened in circulation. A 50 cent coin presented to the group had some unusual scarf marks that were eventually determined to have happened while in circulation.
Medals: A medal owned by a group member was presented to the group dated 1954. It was presented to all Victorian primary school children to commemorate the first Royal visit to Australia by the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth 2. Any coins/notes or other memorabilia bearing the QE2 effigy will likely become more sought after when the Queen eventually passes.
Recent Purchases: Our most prolific coin collector member presented one of the newest released 2022 $2 coloured coins. The very attractive coin depicts the honey bee and a coloured centre honeycomb. A special set of Australian collectors’ coins depicting decimal currency produced in gold and silver was a highlight of the meeting.
Members of the group are also acting as mentors to newer members in providing valued personal knowledge of coin history and loaning well respected books on the Australian coins to assist with coin knowledge and education.
We welcome new members to our group. Our next meeting is on Monday 20th June commencing 1.30pm