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Numismatics & Philately Collection
Image: Australia, 5 Shilling, Obverse
Source: Museum Victoria
The Numismatics and Philately Collections offer a window into societies and their values, particularly officially sanctioned values. They have a worldwide coverage of coins, historical medals, military medals, paper money, share scrip and stamps.
The most extensive parts of the collection are of Australian and British Commonwealth material. The Australian coin collection is the most important of its kind in the world, containing unique reference material retained by both the Melbourne and Sydney mints.
The Numismatic collection reflects the economic, political and technological histories of societies. It is primarily built up from the collections formed by the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Mint, and products from the Canberra Mint are still obtained.
It includes the collection of the artist Eugene von Guerard and groups of medals awarded to important Victorian figures including Frederick McCoy, Redmond Barry and Ferdinand von Mueller, together with many internationally significant pieces collected for the 1879, 1880 and 1888 Australian international exhibitions.
The Philately collection comprises stamps, envelopes, covers and commemorative sets. It includes a collection of colonial Australasian stamps and an important collection of world airmail stamps to 1950. Australia Post's National Philatelic Collection is also held in Victoria. Together, these form an internationally significant resource.
- Melbourne Mint and Sydney Mint coin collections.
- British Commonwealth coins.
- Pre-decimal Australian reference coins.
- Australian and New Zealand trade tokens.
- Gold-rush period token dies including those from the Kangaroo Office.
- Acclimatisation Society Medals.
- First trial for a token manufactured in Australia.
- Original press and gold scales from Melbourne Mint.
- Australia's first coins (holey dollars and dumps), 1813.
- 1888 Melbourne International Exhibition Ceremonial key and medal.
- European art medals, particularly by French artists, and Australian art medals.
- Colonial Australasian stamps.
- Antarctic stamps and medals.
- British Commonwealth stamps, 1935-1954.
- World stamps issued for airmail 1913-1953.
- Share scrip collection, with particular emphasis on Victorian gold mining.
- Australian internment camp currency.
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Love Token inscribed Ann Parkin, 1780 (AD). The token has been engraved on reverse of a George III halfpenny. Love tokens were often commissioned by convicts before they were transport ...Images: 4
Love Token inscribed Elizabeth Bird, 1810. It has been engraved on the obverse of a 1797 British penny. Love tokens were often commissioned by convicts before they were transported to ...Images: 4
Love Token inscribed J.K. Died, July 19 1847. Love tokens were often commissioned by convicts before they were transported to Australia, as a memento for their loved ones. Itinerant en ...Images: 4
Love Token from William Maskell to his sister dated 1818. Love tokens were often commissioned by convicts before they were transported to Australia, as a memento for their loved ones. ...Images: 4
1914-1915 Star awarded to Pte. Leslie Tweedie, service number 452, 16th Battalion, A.I.F. Tweedie was born at Ballarat, Victoria. He was a a hotel clerk when he enlisted aged 20 years ...Images: 2
Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition (MCIE) gold pass presented to the Hon Joseph Henry Connor (1834-1899), a member of parliament and MCIE commissioner. Connor served on a num ...Images: 4
Silver coin; Denomination: Shilling Southwark Mint, London Edward VI (1547-1553) Third Coinage, base silver The base silver Third Coinage of Edward VI, was the first issue on which a d ...Images: 1
Didrachm coin from the Ancient Roman Republic dated to 280-276 (BC).Images: 2
Silver coin; Denomination: Threepence Aberystwyth Mint King Charles I (1625-1649) The Aberysthwyth mint operated between 1638 and 1642 using Welsh silver which, prior to this, had been ...Images: 2
Silver coin; Denomination: Groat Aberystwyth Mint King Charles I (1625-1649) The Aberysthwyth mint operated between 1638 and 1642 using Welsh silver which, prior to this, had been sent ...Images: 2