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Medal - Australian Coinage Centenary, Australia, 1913 Reg. No: NU 20085
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 National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
|Dimensions:||31 mm (Diameter)|
|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|
|Series:||Australian Commemorative Medals|
|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|
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)
|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.