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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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Newspaper cutting from the Geelong Advertiser, Tuesday 24 April 1917, page 3, reporting on correspondence received from 'Gunner Clive Talbot' by his parents indicating that he is 'well' ...Images: 1
Newspaper cutting from The Argus, Tuesday 11 April 1916, p.11, commending the gallantry of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in their occupation of the 'underground workings of ...Images: 1
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Business envelope addressed to H.V. McKay, Craig's Hotel, Ballarat, Australia, post marked 6th June 1913. This item is part of a collection of photographs, negatives, moving film, arte ...Images: 3
Alternative Name(s): Share Certificate Unissued Founder's Share certificate certificate No.153 for The Colonial Gas Association Limited. The Colonial Gas Association Limited was incorpo ...Images: 1
Alternative Name(s): Share Certificate Share Scrip for fifty full paid up (50) shares of £1 each in the North Broken Hill Mining Company No Liability, issued to W. Gwiner of Adelaide, ...Images: 2
Souvenir postal cover issued by Australia Post on 15 Nov 1978, to commemorate the official opening of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne. Includes 20c "Little Grebe" stamp, a postal stam ...Images: 1
The Boxhill Township Estate Company Ltd. Scrip issued to Cornelius Job Ham of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. [Registered Office not listed] 22 September 1890 2 Shares Capital: 60,000 ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
Essendon Land, Tramway & Investment Company Limited Scrip issued to John Brown of Geelong, Victoria, Australia [Registered Office not listed] 2 October 1889 50 Shares Capital: 1,000,00 ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
Alternative Name(s): Wall Chart Poster identifying token and medal die combinations used in the production of promotional tokens and medals for the Coles Book Arcade. Compiled by Georg ...Images: 1
Essendon Land, Tramway & Investment Ltd. Scrip issued to John Brown of Geelong, Victoria, Australia [Registered Office not listed] 10 January 1889 50 Shares Capital: 1,000,000 Pounds i ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1