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Medal - Australian Coinage Centenary, Australia, 1913 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 20090

Summary:
Australia
Australian Coinage Centenary Medal 1913 (AD)
Struck by Alfred Chitty to commemorate the issue of Holey Dollar and Dump
Mint: Stokes & Sons

Other Details: Medal issued in 1913 to commemorate the centenary of Australian coinage. English coins arrived in Australia with the First Fleet in 1788. In 1800 a Government proclamation allowed selected coinage of India, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands to also become legal tender. The first truly Australian coins were the Holey Dollars and Dumps of 1813, which were produced by cutting the centres from Spanish Dollars. The outer rings were then overstamped as five shilling coins (Holey Dollars) and the inner portions overstamped as 15 pence coins (Dumps). After 1825 English currency became the official currency of the Australian colonies. Following Federation in 1901, responsibility for currency, coinage and legal tender passed to the new Commonwealth Government.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 31 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 11.52 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: holey dollars
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Stokes & Son, Medal Makers, Melbourne, Victoria & Sydney, New South Wales, Alfred Chitty Collection
Primary Classification: MEDALS
Secondary Classification: Commemorative
Tertiary Classification: numismatics
Series: Australian Commemorative Medals
DateEra: 1913 AD
Obverse Description: TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST COINAGE. / A.C. / S. & S . ; Kangaroo & Emu between Coat of Arms, below a banner containing AUSTRALIA
Reverse Description: . HOLEY DOLLAR & DUMP . / FIRST AUSTRALIAN COINAGE /WAS / ISSUED BY /GOVERNOR / MACQUARIE / 1813
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Plain (edge)
TO COMMEMORATE THE CENTENARY OF AUSTRALIA'S FIRST COINAGE./A.C./S. & S . ; Kangaroo & Emu between Coat of Arms, below a banner containing AUSTRALIA (obverse)
. HOLEY DOLLAR & DUMP ./FIRST AUSTRALIAN COINAGE/WAS/ISSUED BY/GOVERNOR/ MACQUARIE/1813(reverse)
Shape: Round
Material: Silver-plated
Issued By: Australia
Mint: Stokes & Sons, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1913

S.& S. mark on obverse.
Artist: Mr Alfred Chitty - Public Library, Museum & Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 1913

A.C. initials on obverse. Chity was curator of the South Australian National Collection when he had this medal struck, he later came to Melbourne.
References: Car T/12

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