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Lavish coins celebrate platinum anniversary of Queen’s ‘austerity’ wedding

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A royal wedding is cause for much rejoicing. When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, a million people lined the procession route in London to glimpse the newlyweds while many more around the world watched on television. Arguably, the marriage of the Prince’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, was one of the most welcome and celebrated [...]

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How elegant Armistice Anniversary medals found sanctuary at Shrine of Remembrance

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Glenn Burghall has been researching connections between Britain’s 1928 Armistice Anniversary medallion and the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne. In this timely contribution, Glenn reveals how the famous medallion came to be on permanent display at one of Australia’s most important war memorials. Keen eyed visitors to Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance may have noticed two large [...]

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Historic medal captures Earl Grey to a T

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This medallion in The Perth Mint’s historic collection celebrates Earl Grey, who fought hard for the reform of the British House of Commons in the 19th century, paving the way for the form of parliamentary democracy enjoyed in Britain and emulated in nations around the world, including Australia. Charles Grey is popularly known for the [...]

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What’s the connection between these pre-decimal coins and the Roman Empire?

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If you’re interested in pre-decimals, you may have noticed the presence of the letters ‘PL’ on some Australian sixpence, threepence, penny and half-penny coins issued in 1951. It’s a mintmark associated with the Londinium mint, which stood on Tower Hill during the Roman occupation of Britain. As an officially constituted branch of the Mint of [...]

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Historic rarities a ‘must see’ at The Perth Mint

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Visitors to The Perth Mint Shop are in for a special numismatic treat over the next few weeks as we showcase a collection of some of Australia’s most desirable rare coins. Included in the display is an example of the legendary 1930 Penny, Australia’s best-known rare coin; and Type I and Type II versions of [...]

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