Australian Coins: Type CollectingCopyright © 2007-2013 Ken Polsson
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These pages show the different types of circulating coins produced in the Commonwealth of Australia. My target audience is not so much the serious numismatist, but more the novice and casual collector.
Coins can be collected in various manners: coins for circulation versus coins for collectors, individual coins versus sets or rolls, circulated coins versus mint state, every date and mint mark versus major types. This Web site presents information to help with assembling a "type" collection of individual circulated Commonwealth of Australia coins.
What is "type" collecting? Type collecting is assembling coins of different designs. A type set generally excludes minor variations that include the same basic design. Examples are date change, and mint marks. Major variations in coin composition (such as a switch from 80% silver to copper-nickel) constitute a type change, but a minor variation (such as 0.925 silver to 0.500 silver) do not represent a type change.
Different collectors will have their own opinions of what coins should be included in a type collection. The following is my interpretation of significant year-to-year changes in Australian circulating coins.
The monetary system of Australia proceeded as follows:
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- 1994 Standard Catalog of World Coins, by Chester L. Krause and Clifford Mishler, 1993.
- 2009 Standard Catalog of World Coins 2001-date, by Colin Bruce and Thomas Michael, 2008.
- The Guidebook and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins, 3rd Edition, 1649-1971, by Jerome Remick, Somer James, Anthony Dowle, and Patrick Finn, 1971.
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