Values, images, and specifications for Australian
coins and banknotes.
The six British colonies in
Australia were declared an
independent nation in 1901,
however 'The Commonwealth
of Australia', remained part of
the British Empire as a
Post Federation, the first
Australian coins were
minted in 1910 in London.
Early Australian coins and banknotes are amongst the most collectible in the world.
Predecimal issue coins and notes were often low mintage, the soft metals used in
early coins wore easily, and silver content resulted in many being melted down for
their bullion value.
During the conversion to decimal in the 1960's, most remaining coins and notes
were taken out of circulation and destroyed, contributing to a low survival rate for
coins and notes in collectible condition.
Prior to 1910, United Kingdom coinage was the official currency of Australia,
although in earlier years several currencies circulated within Australia,
which at the time was a collection of British colonies.
Decimal era Australian coins and notes are much more common and sturdy, still
popular with collectors due to intricate design and relatability to recent history.
Several denominations of Australian decimal
coins are regularly produced in commemorative
issues for circulation.
Uncirculated collector coins are also very
popular in Australia, often manufactured from
precious metals and in limited mintage to create
inherant value, generally themed individually, or
as part of a series, again to appeal to collectors.
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