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2008/220/1 Coins (325), commemorative coins (4), copper / silver / metal, various designers, minted at Australia / Great Britain / United States of America, for use in Australia / New Zealand / Great Britain, 1910-1964. Click to enlarge.

Collection of Commonwealth predecimal coins

Made
  • 1910-1964
Coins, banknotes and medals provide important insights into the issuing government's values and how it wishes to be perceived. Nationalistic in character, they are frequently admired for their artistic and technological merit. Indeed, the critical importance of security has meant that their production methods are generally cutting edge. While some coins, banknotes and medals are valued for their rarity, most are commonplace. They are a tangible reminder of changes in nation states, deposed and …

Summary

Object No.

2008/220/1

Object Statement

Coins (325), commemorative coins (4), copper / silver / metal, various designers, minted at Australia / Great Britain / United States of America, for use in Australia / New Zealand / Great Britain, 1910-1964

Physical Description

Coins (325), and commemorative coins (4), copper / silver, various makers, Commonwealth of Australia / New Zealand / England / United States of America, 1910-1964

Marks

see parts

Production

Made

  • 1910-1964

Notes

The coins were made by various makers.

History

Notes

Bill Bush developed an emotional attachment to Australia through his many visits here as a Merchant seaman during and after World War II. During his visits to ports around the world Bill Bush collected banknotes, even managing in some such as Sydney to arrange with friends working in banks to set aside unusual notes that he would later exchange for face value. Bill Bush's association with the Powerhouse Museum began in the mid 1960s when he donated a table decorated with Australian 1937 and 1938 Crown coins. This was followed in 1976 by rare examples of Cocos Island ivory-currency. These initial gifts are indicative of Bill Bush's collecting and his delight in unusual and rare numismatics. Over the next thirty years, the Museum received a steady stream of rare and valuable coins and banknotes that now form an important part of the Powerhouse numismatic collection.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the late William D Bush, 2008

Acquisition Date

17 November 2008

Cite this Object

Harvard

Collection of Commonwealth predecimal coins 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 2 August 2021, <https://ma.as/382330>

Wikipedia

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