2019 Dollar Coins Marked With 35 A, U or S Check Your Change and Register at Dollar Coin Discovery

Image Courtesy the Royal Australian Mint and dollardiscovery.com.au

The collecting world has been excited to find new one dollar coins in circulation with special marks.

What is this all about?

Dated 2019 some new $1 coins have been found in change that bear a tiny number 35 and marks (collectors call these privymarks) “A”, “U” or “S” in between the kangaroos on the standard 5 kangaroo design dollar coin. The Royal Australian Mint (RAM) who strike our circulating coinage have announced that these special coins have been marked to celebrate 35 years of the dollar coin and the iconic 5 kangaroo “mob of roos” design by the late Stuart Devlin.

A million of each $1 coin have been released into circulation and the Mint are calling out to collectors and treasure hunters to check their change for these specially marked coins. The Australian Dollar Discovery has its own website where you can go and register your special coin find to go into a draw to win prizes. The major prize (8 winners, one per state or territory) is a 1 kilogram pure silver coin, a trip to Canberra to strike your 1kg coin and a VIP tour of the Royal Australian Mint. Included are flights and 2 nights accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children staying at Jamala Wildlife Lodge. Second prize is one of 250 $150 Royal Australian Mint gift vouchers or third prize one of 5,000 special money boxes.

What a fantastic idea to promote the coin collecting hobby and get collectors, enthusiasts and the general public looking at their change. Happy Coin Hunting Peoples!

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2018 Centenary of Armistice Circulation $2 Coin

2018 Centenary of Armistice Coloured Red Poppy $2 (image courtesy ramint.gov.au)

100 years of Remembrance will be commemorated at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 2018. A century to the day since the guns fell silent Australians will see a new coloured $2 coin in circulation as a tangible reminder and legacy of the fight for our nations freedom, then end of WWI and the price that we paid as a nation.

The new $2 coin features a red poppy centre with a large 100 and the date 11.11.11 designed by Tony Dean representing Armistice, the end WWI and the end to The ANZAC Centenary commemorations. Approximately 2 million coins will be released into circulation. Collector coins with a C mintmark are available for $15 in a collector card. The C mintmark mintage is 40,000.

The Royal Australian Mint are holding coin swap events for those not wanting to wait to receive a red poppy coloured coin in change. Here you can swap cash for the new coins. These are being held on November 1st at these locations:

Brisbane – Queen Street Mall, Wintergarden Area – 8 am to 2 pm
Canberra – Royal Australian Mint – 8.30 am to 2 pm
Melbourne – Southern Cross Station – 11.30 am to 7 pm
Sydney – Parramatta Centenary Square – 8 am to 2 pm

2018 Centenary of Armistice C mintmark Coloured Red Poppy $2 (image courtesy ramint.gov.au)

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2018 ANZAC Spirit 15 Coin Collection Newspaper Issue

The official 2018 ANZAC Spirit coin collection consists of 15 commemorative 20 and 50 cent coins which are available with the purchase of a News Corp newspaper* -the first coin and a collector folder is free. Subsequent coins cost $3 with a newspaper purchase (all states except WA*). This is the fourth and final newspaper coin collector set coins struck by the Royal Australian Mint and distributed by News Corp.

The “ANZAC Spirit -values that defined our nation” is the theme for this years final set in commemorating the ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018. The first coin issued either Saturday or Sunday October 27-28th (depending on where you live) is titled “United”. The final coin issued on November 11th symbolises what we remember on that day. Each coin represents a value held by Australians and those that have served in war, something we as Australians should be proud of and what we should strive to be. These values are drawn from a series of stained glass windows above the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier at the Australian War memorial in Canberra.

The 15 coin designs are:
1.United (50 cent)-Many different nationalities, colours and creeds were united in uniform and united in cause. This design celebrates the comradeship of war.
2.Resourceful (50 cent) -Celebrates battlefield inventions such as the periscope rifle, the coin design similar to this image at the AWM.

3.Confident (20 cent) -Cool, calm and confident this image is of a WWI sniper
4.Knowledgeable (20 cent) -One outstanding Commander Sir John Monash and his study of tactics, knowledge being the key to success in the battlefield. He coordinated and planned with the hope of solving deadlock on the Western Front. This coin depicting aircraft drops of ammunition which was vital to resupply the troops.
5.Honest (20 cent) -In depicting war it was up to the correspondents and photographers to show the honest truth of war even when it was uncomfortable. This coin design depicts a camera on a tripod with official war photographer Frank Hurley.
6.Disciplined (20 cent) -In battle discipline was crucial and this coin design depicts training with Lewis machine guns in France, see the AWM image.
7.Patriotic (20 cent) -Being proud of this country and loyalty to Britain and the Commonwealth saw willing volunteers march to recruitment offices. This reverse depicts and image of the Cooee march where 263 men marched from Gilgandra NSW to Sydney in 1915. In total there were 9 recruitment marches known as the snowball marches as more men joined the march each day.

8.Devoted (50 cent) -Australian Army nurses were devoted angels to the war wounded. In a white apron and veil a nurse bandages a wounded soldier in this coin design.
9.Daring (50 cent) -The beginning of the end of the war in the middle east, the Battle of Megiddo where daring mounted light horsemen wielded bayonets as they charged in cavalry style. This coin reverse depicts the dash and daring of this mounted offensive.

10.Brave (20 cent) -The ultimate recognition for bravery in War is being awarded the Victoria Cross medal. One such recipient Corporal “Snowy” Howell is depicted in this coin design shaking hands with King George V.
11.Curious (20 cent) -Australians enlisting in the war were curious and thirsty for adventure. The design seen on this coin is the “Kulgoa” laden with new volunteers eager to see what the military could show them of the world.
12.Enduring (20 cent) -The endurance of those that landed on the shores of Gallipoli on April 25th 1915 is commemorated in this coin. Eight agonising months before their evacuation these troops had to endure the searing heat of summer, bitter cold of winter, outbreaks of disease and a monotonous diet. Following this was a further three years enduring the squalid trenches of the Western Front.
13.Loyal (20 cent) -Loyal volunteers on the home front raised money, packed food and clothing parcels, home comforts and gifts that were sent abroad to bring relief and a sense of home to soldiers.
14.Independent (20 cent) -This coin depicts an Australian Flying Corps (AFC) pilot in front of his single seater aircraft. These AFC squadrons were the first to serve independently from Britain and Australian airmen became skilled at working self-sufficiently.
15.Decisive (20 cent) -Tough hard decisions leading through the chaos of war saw the Armistice signed at 11am on November 11 1918 (11.11.11). The elation can be seen in the coin design in this decisive moment, the end of the war.

* See the ANZAC Coin Collection website for more details. Each coin is available to collect from October 27 – November 10, 2018 (VIC, SA, NT, TAS) and from October 28 – November 11, 2018 (NSW and QLD) for only $3.00 each with original hardcopy token (not digital) from The Daily Telegraph/The Sunday Telegraph (NSW), Herald Sun/Sunday Herald Sun (VIC), The Courier-Mail/The Sunday Mail (QLD), The Advertiser/Sunday Mail (SA), NT News/Sunday Territorian (NT), Mercury/ Sunday Tasmanian (TAS), The Cairns Post (QLD), Townsville Bulletin (QLD), Gold Coast Bulletin (QLD), Geelong Advertiser (VIC), The Toowoomba Chronicle (QLD), Sunshine Coast Daily (QLD), The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, QLD), The Northern Star (Lismore, NSW), NewsMail (Bundaberg, QLD), The Daily Mercury (Mackay, QLD), The Queensland Times (Ipswich, QLD), Fraser Coast Chronicle (QLD), The Observer (Gladstone, QLD), The Daily Examiner (Grafton/Clarence Valley, NSW ), The Gympie Times (QLD), Warwick Daily News (QLD). Strictly while stocks last.

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2018 AC/DC Collector Coins 45 Years of Thunder Strike a Chord for all Collectors

45 Years of Thunder, collector coins commemorating AC/DC have been released with a bang. The phones are ringing hot at coin shops around the country from collectors trying to source these new release Australian coins. The Royal Australian Mint (RAM) has struck two special coins, a coloured uncirculated 50c and a triangular $5 silver plated nickel proof coin.

ACDC Coins on Ebay

The triangular shape of the $5 coin resembles a guitar pick and the box also includes a guitar pick housed in amplifier shaped packaging. The nickel plated surfaces of this fine silver proof give the coin a dark appearance with a yellow bolt of lightning. Limited to just 10,000 coins the Royal Australian Mint limited sales to 3 coins per customer but this issue was quick to sell out at issue price of $130. These coins are currently selling around $200.

2018 AC/DC Triangular Nickel Plated Fine Silver Proof $5 (image courtesy ramint.gov.au)

The 50 cent with two yellow coloured bolts of lightning also celebrates 45 years of AC/DC. Issued for $15 this coin is currently selling for upwards of $60. Also initially limited to a purchase of three coins before a fast sellout the RAM knew this coin would be highly sought for another special reason. Partnering with Questacon and using a Tesla coil in the Caged Lightning exhibition just ten of the 30,000 50c pieces issued were “Thunderstruck” with 3,500,000 volts of lightning. These coins are identified by unique frosting on the AC/DC logo and were randomly distributed by the Mint. Did you receive a high voltage coin? Let us know!

2018 AC/DC 45 Years of Thunder Coloured Uncirculated 50c (image courtesy ramint.gov.au)

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The Top 4 Mistakes that New Coin Collectors Make

We’ve been collecting and selling coins for more than 15 years and writing about coins on this blog for more than 10. In that time we’ve seen new collectors make the same few mistakes time and time again. So, what are the top 4 mistakes that new coin collectors make?

Thinking that Coin Collecting is Investing

So many new collectors see their collections as an ‘investment’. We can assure you now it’s not. If you get into the hobby thinking you’re going to make a bomb all you’re going to do is lose money. There’s people around who know MUCH more than you, have been doing this for longer than you, and they see a new ‘coin investor’ as an easy mark and they’ll do their level best to teach you an expensive lesson. And once that money is lost many collectors get dis-heartened and leave the hobby as quickly as they entered. Collect what you love, educate yourself, appreciate your collection for what it is. In time you may become knowledgeable enough to recognise a bargain or an under-graded item when you see it and make a small profit from it.

Getting Caught in the Hype

See a news article about $2 coins? Gotta buy those as an ‘investment’ for my grand-kids. See a video about the year 2000 $1/10c mule being worth $2000 or more and see one for sale for $1000 and snap it up thinking you’ve got a bargain? Or perhaps there’s an ‘All Australian’ grading company and the ‘herd mentality’ says that must be a good thing. So you get all your coins graded by a fly by night company that has little clue what they are doing and even encases your coins in slabs that damage the coins themselves.

Coloured $2 Coins – Pretty but did you really need 10 bags of them? (image courtesy of the RAM)

Don’t get caught up in the hype. Think about what you’re doing, sleep on it, take a sceptical view and don’t commit unless you’re 100% sure. Coin collecting is about knowledge and education, not following the masses.

Rushing into Purchases

We see this all the time. New collectors that have a hoard of NCLT, coins, and banknotes 6-12 months into their collecting journey. There’s no theme to the collection, no consistency of grades, no rhyme or reason to why a certain Royal Australian Mint release was bought and another wasn’t. New collectors have an almost feverish need to add items to their collections and see it grow. Sites like eBay, and the rise of buying and selling on social media have only served to enable that sort of behaviour.

The end result is a pile of items the collector loses interest in and has to dispose of, usually at a great loss which is always a dis-heartening exercise. Our tip to be taken from this? You’re better off having one of two well considered purchases a year netting you items you love and value than 100 purchases of rubbish that you don’t even remember buying.

Not Being Able to Grade

If a collector is buying individual coins or banknotes rather than mint issues then that collector MUST be able to grade. New collectors often have little idea how grade effects the value and demand for a coin or banknote. They rely too heavily on the grade assigned to an item by the dealer or the third party that has graded it. Yes, we admit that if an item is graded by a reputable third party (like PCGS or NGC) then a collector can have more assurance in the assigned grade. But even then, if you’re spending your own money on a hobby do you want to put ALL your faith in someone else? We certainly don’t.

AU or MS? Learn how to grade and see the coin ‘in hand’ to be sure

So, learn to grade, look at coins in hand, look at third party graded coins and try to understand why those coins or notes have been assigned their grade. And don’t think you can learn to grade by looking at images on social media or eBay. You can’t, and those platforms are full of ‘keyboard warriors’ who have held very few coins in hand but somehow seem to be able to assign split grades to a coin based on fuzzy images.

If you’re a new collector and you can avoid these 4 mistakes you’re well on the way to having a hobby that coin last you a life time!

Posted in Collecting Coins, Investing in Coins

Seeing Double – New Portrait of Queen on Australian Coin

2019 Sixth Portrait Dollar (image courtesy ramint.gov.au)

The Governor-General is Australia’s representative for Queen Elizabeth II and this position is currently held by Sir Peter Cosgrove*. Today the Governor-General unveiled a new dollar coin, the first to bear the official 2019 Jody Clark portrait of the Queen. The new effigy of the Queen will feature on new Australian coins from 2019 including those in circulation.

This new dollar coin released today has the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of the Queen on the reverse celebrating this portrait used from 1998 to 2019, the obverse reveals the new Jody Clark effigy -the sixth portrait. This particular coin is a collector release not for circulation, no doubt it would be confusing to some if received in change but definitely a winner to call heads in a coin flip.

Australia’s new effigy of the Queen designed by Mr Jody Clark is a modified version of that used on UK coinage since 2015. To be used in all countries of the Commonwealth this portrait includes Her Majesty’s shoulders and features the Victorian coronation necklace.

“The Sixth Effigy” coin is struck by the Royal Australian Mint in limited numbers, 30,000 in uncirculated aluminium bronze, and 5,000 in fine silver proof.

The evolving effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on Australian Coins from left Gillick, Machin, Maklouf, Gottwald, Rank-Broadley and the new Clark design.

*His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter John Cosgrove, Principal Knight and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, Military Cross, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

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Melbourne ANDA Money Expo August 18-19th 2018

The Melbourne ANDA Money Expo was held on Saturday and Sunday 18-19th August 2018 at the Melbourne Park Function Centre. It was super easy to find the venue with just a short journey on the number 70 tram from Flinders Street station or just down from Southern Cross station (Cnr Spencer St and Flinders St) where I hopped on the tram. I caught an early flight out of Adelaide and was able to make the journey there and back without any problems and spend some good quality time browsing dealers stock, chatting with dealers and catching up with coin friends.

The show was attended by many of the familiar coin dealer faces we all get to know as collectors. From the cheery Tony Byrne, Adam Lovegrove of Southern Cross Coins, Edlins, Downies, IAG, Anna Numismatics, Canberra Numisco, Klaus Ford Numismatics, Watermans Coins, Pacific Rim Coins, Sterling & Currency there were plenty of vendors promoting their wares at the event. Displays from the Victorian numismatic societies were also pleasing to view.

Just for the kids 2 Cent Challenge also appealed to the older folk -who are we to judge! Collecting is enjoyed by all ages not just the 5-15. It’s great to see parents helping the kids out too.

The 5 Cent Forage also a fun project for a sunny and stormy (even hail battered the roof at one stage) cold and wet wintery Melbourne day.

Plenty of show special collectables were on offer from both ANDA and Australia Post. This display of 2018 Mob of Roos dollars with M privymarks and a sprinkling of B and P privies looked particularly artistic.

Show specials.

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Coin Striking Pressures – a Touch Series of Die Adjustment Strikes

20 Cent Die Adjustment Strike

Over on our Facebook page we usually put some coin photos up on a Friday afternoon to get our readers relaxing into the weekend. This week, to take the pressure off the working week we’ve decided to focus on striking pressures in particular weakly struck coins. Then we’ll be moving Fridays photos to a more reader friendly Sunday photos (sorry I know it doesn’t have the same ring -name suggestions invited).

For coins to be made the dies need to strike together at force to transfer those designs into the metal blank surface. It takes between 35 and 200 tonnes of pressure to strike coins and this varies with each coin denomination and if it’s a proof coin or a circulation strike. When the press is setup with new dies a touch series is often made increasing the pressure with each coin struck to decide which tonnage will be used in that production run to make the perfect coin and get the most use out of the dies.

Coins struck with a lower than optimal pressure show poor definition and are labelled die adjustment strikes. This can also happen if there is a press malfunction anytime within the production run, a low pressure strike causing weakness in the coin design. This happens uniformly around the obverse and reverse and is generally the same on both sides of the coin.

To give you some idea of striking pressure it takes 35 tonnes of pressure to strike a $2 coin. It takes 140 tonnes of pressure to strike a larger 50 cent coin. The image below is of a touch series of 20 cent pieces with the weaker strikes (5 tonnes) top left increasing to the stronger strikes (120 tonnes) bottom right.

20 Cent Touch Series. Approx 5 tonnes top left to 120 tonnes bottom right

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2015 ANZACS Remembered 20c Packaging Error

In 2015 the Royal Australian Mint produced a number of collector 20 cent coins that were available to buy when you purchased a newspaper. Collector interest has always been with the limited release red coloured poppy dollar coin issued with the set. But for those with packyboxitis* and an interest in errors here are a couple of mistakes that you need to look out for.

Coin Packaging Error

Recently a collector contacted us about an anomaly in the packaging of one of the 20c coins in the set. Their Royal Australian Navy 20 cent has been sealed into the packaging the wrong way around. It has the Queen’s head or obverse side facing out (see above) and as a result you cannot actually see which coin the packaging holds.

Another error is the wrong coin type in the labelled packaging. The coin pictured below (top) is a Royal Australian Navy coin in the wrong Mateship packaging. The coin below (bottom) is how this packaging should actually appear.

We call this a packaging error as there is nothing specifically wrong with the coin. Of course one must take due care and inspect the packaging closely to see if there is any evidence of tampering if identifying this kind of error.

2015 ANZACS Remembered Packaging Error

There have been a number of packaging errors made at the Mint over the years, a few which appear in the coin catalogues. Probably the most notable is the 1986 mint set with the 1985 dated 10c piece.

Thanks to the coin owners and Blog readers for permission to share.

*packyboxitis is a made up name used in the collecting world for collectors that obtain items because of the way they are packaged. For example the same coin in its packaging might be in a collection twice because it was issued in different packaging.

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Invictus Games Circulating 2 Dollar Coin

2018 Circulating Invictus Games $2 (image courtesy ramint.gov.au)

The Royal Australian Mint (RAM) is today releasing a new $2 coin into circulation. 2.3 million coins will be released into your change or at RAM pop-up shops and coin swaps over the coming months ahead of the Invictus Games to be held in Sydney 20-27 October. Games ambassador HRH Prince Harry and his new wife HRH Duchess Meghan will also be attending the event. Created by the newly married Prince, these Games highlight the healing power of sport inspiring recovery and community understanding for those who have served our country and may be struggling with the effects of their service. The coin celebrates the unconquered spirit of wounded, injured and ill service personnel and veterans across Australia.

Through the healing power of sport the Invictus Games will bring together more than 500 competitors from 18 countries competing in 11 adaptive sports. The coin design depicts an image of a wheelchair competitor sculpted by Aleksandra Stokic. The design also highlights the “I AM” out of the legend Invictus Games in support and encouragement of veteran competitors. The Royal Australian Mint is also producing the Games medals and other collectable coins for the event.

COLLECTORS -this coin is available at RAM coin swap events and travelling roadshows around the country, see our Numismatic Calendar for details.

2018 Invictus Games $2 (image courtesy ramint.gov.au)

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