Search the collections
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.
(showing 1 - 8) 8 items
Tiny black and white photograph of James Clive Talbot. From a collection of material associated with the World War I service of Gunner James Clive Talbot. James Clive Talbot was a 20-y ...Images: 2
Photograph of the rubber mould taken from the design for the Australasian Industry Research Group (AIRG) medal. This mould is part of the long and complex process of producing a struck ...Images: 1
Photograph of the original plasticine modelling, taken from the design for the Australasian Industry Research Group (AIRG) medal. This piece of plasticine has been used by the Meszaros ...Images: 1
Photograph of the epoxy resin casting taken from the design for the Australasian Industry Research Group (AIRG) medal. The casting is part of the long and complex process of producing a ...Images: 1
Photograph of the 'hob', or reduction, taken from the design for the Australasian Industry Research Group (AIRG) medal. The hob is part of the long and complex process of producing a st ...Images: 1
Postcard from the first Official Souvenir Australian Aerial Mail. Flown by Basil Watson in his home-built Sopwith-type biplane from Mt Gambier to Melbourne on 15 February 1917.From: Mt Gambier, Australia Images: 2
Alternative Name: Token Copper alloy medal minted in Melbourne in the late 19th century, inscribed 'COLES BOOK ARCADE MELBOURNE' and ALWAYS DO THAT WHICH YOU BELIEVE TO BE RIGHT'. This ...Images: 1