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Posted on Dec, 12/22/2016

Discussion of Australia's circulating currency set mainstream media alight for the third time in 2016 when a UBS analyst in mid November suggested that "Australia should follow India’s lead and scrap its biggest bank notes.” This opinion was shared across a wide range of...

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Posted on Aug, 08/13/2010

One of the most intriguing books on numismatics I've read in recent years was "Numismatic Forgery", by Charles Larson.

Although it's been a while since I read...

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Posted on Nov, 11/23/2009

I don't know if you keep up with the latest geek trends, but news has come to light recently of a project that some University scientists in Spain have been working on whereby a standard computer mouse can be used to detect counterfeit coins.

According to...

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Posted on Apr, 04/14/2009

OK, what follows is not necessarily a numismatic horror movie, but it's one that I think anyone that trades in coins or notes will have an interest in seeing - it's a feature length documentary on the current economic "crisis" entitled IOUSA.

Since most of us trade coins and notes with at least some...

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Posted on Jul, 07/09/2008

Every now and then, something happens in the daily life of this coin dealer that really makes me stop. Late yesterday afternoon I got a call from a young lass that had inherited some coins from her father and wanted to know if I could appraise them for her.

 No problems I say, make sure you're here before 5pm and you'll get an honest appraisal free of charge and without obligation. Now...

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Posted on Jul, 07/05/2008

The glossy Australian Financial Review Magazine last week included an in-depth article on a key figure in Australia's art industry, and was preceded by several smaller articles where calls for regulation in the art industry were called for.

I won't profess for one moment to knowing the first thing about art or the Australian art market, however I have to say I wasn't overly shocked to...

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Posted on Jun, 06/18/2008

Just when I thought I'd seen it all, along comes this website: coincollectingboards.com. Yes, visit that site and you can learn that "One of the really fun features of old coin boards is that many have the names of the vendors who sold them rubber stamped on their backs. See how many names you know!"

Not only...

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Posted on Jun, 06/18/2008

News this week in the world of rare coins & notes is the relocation of the ANA (American Numismatic Association) from one part of New York to another.

The society apaprently bought a building in NY in 1998 for US$6.5 million, and reopened its doors to scholars in 2004. Significant renovations were required, and their cost proved too great for an...

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Posted on Oct, 10/02/2007

Way back a few months ago when the APEC summit was being held in Sydney (described by one well-respected geopolitical analyst as being a fairly irrelevant pause at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Australia"), the Chaser team wasn't the only group to lampoon the activities of Howard, Bush et al.

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Posted on Sep, 09/25/2007

Any time a government makes a change to a country's circulating
currency, it really gets the collector market going. Take a look at the
times when this has happened in Australia: the change to decimal
currency in 1966; the introduction of the $1 & $2 coins (1984 &
1988); the removal of 1¢ & 2¢ pieces (1991); the introduction of
polymer banknotes (...

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