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 Adelaide Assay Office The colonial government authorized an Assay Office in Adelaide to buy gold from the Victorian fields and to strike it into gold one pound tokens pieces and ingots.  Australian Traders’ Tokens 1849–1874 In response to a small change crisis in the late 1840s, traders' tokens became popular in Australia.  Canberra Mint and the decimal changeover The Australian national mint in Canberra began production in early 1965, producing 6,000,000 coins a week in preparation for the introduction of decimal currency on 14th February 1966.  Donating objects to the History and Technology Collections Museum Victoria depends upon public donations of objects to continue to build its diverse collections relating to social history and technology.  Gold coins For thousands of years gold has played a role in money, and remains a material that people believe stores wealth.  International Exhibition Medals At the International Exhibitions in 1880 & 1888 you could see and buy the latest of almost anything – a gold medal against overseas competition was to say that yours were the best of the best.  Melbourne Mint The establishment of the Sydney Mint in 1855 set a precedent for Melbourne to follow. Melbourne Mint was to be opened in 1871 but delays meant that the first coins were not struck until 1872.  Melbourne Traders' Tokens, 1848 and 1858 Between 1849 and 1863, many Victorian buinesses issued traders' tokens. This information sheet focuses on two of these: Annand, Smith & Co. and Hide & De Carle.  Perth Mint The large discoveries of gold in Western Australia saw the opening of the third Branch of the Royal Mint in Australia. It began striking sovereigns in 1899 with the mint mark P and half sovereigns in 1901.  Rare coins On 1 August 2002 The Age newspaper reported a new world record price of over $17 million for a $20 US gold coin dated 1933.
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