Numismatics From A Commercial Perspective
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That remains to be seen of course, but I have a feeling that 2017 is going to be better than the last 12 months have been - the Australian numismatic market seems to be more efficient now than it has been, which is an important stage for us to reach.
By efficient, I mean that buyers and sellers are able to get together and do business within a reasonable period of time. Keep...read more
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...read more
The last major numismatic auction of the year was Noble Numismatics auction 113. Held in Sydney in late November, it ran across 4 days from 930am until at least 930pm each day. That is a marathon event in anyone’s terms - no less than 5,783 lots were offered for sale.
The very last numismatic auction of the year was IAG’s Online Auction #8 - there were far fewer lots in it...read more
It’s now been a few weeks since the NGB $5 notes were released into circulation, and although a lot of people are yet to see them in their change, they’re slowly but surely making their way around the country.
It’s been 15 years since the last note was issued into circulation in Australia, and although I was actively involved in buying and selling all the different types of...read more
The trip I made to the Gold Coast a few weeks back sure wasn't a tough one - Perth was cold and wet, yet it was a sunny 26 degrees in Broadbeach! Aside from the sunshine, IAG auction 84 was extremely active.
Although the total turnover was less than a million dollars, that reflects a trend to smaller but more frequent sales these days. At around 81...read more
It’s been a week since the Sterling & Currency crew were in Victoria for the 2016 Melbourne Money Expo. The Melbourne weather was nothing to complaint about, the advertising and promotion all looked clear and professional, and there was much discussion in the media about the valuable displays that were on show. (Channel 9 visited on the Saturday and...read more
Anyone involved in Australian numismatics will be quite familiar with the size of the Noble auction catalogues - it is nothing at all for one sale catalogue to weigh several kilograms, I’d shudder to think what their annual postage bill is.
Sale 112 was no exception - there were so many lots in this sale, they were split across two catalogues. The smaller of the two catalogues included...read more
One of the 6,835 emails I got a few weeks back mentioned a series of webcasts recently recorded by PCGS called “Learn to Grade Coins”. I filed it away to read “when I got time”, which of course meant I didn’t get to it until much later.
Now that I have taken some time to check the videos over, I’m pleased I did.
Reason being,...read more
Conceivably yes, however most unlikely.
Each year when the announcement of Australia’s Annual Commonwealth Budget falls due, a number of stories do the rounds of mainstream media pointing towards big shakeups in expenditure and assets, as pointed to in this article in the Australian newspaper in May 2015:...read more
When flying back from the Status International Auction 324 in Sydney a few weeks back, I happened to cast an eye over the flight map shown on the Qantas in-flight entertainment screen.