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Newcastle Numismatic Society Inc 

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Monthly Meeting

Posted on April 5, 2021 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (5960)

Our monthly meeting s are now back at Adamstown Senior Citizen Hall from April 7th 2021

British Malaysia

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (3005)


Due to the Indian influence from around 200BC Malacca grew during the 15th century to be the capital of trade. The Portuguese captured it in 1511 and it became the major trading outpost of Asia. The Dutch acquired Malacca from 1641. During the 18th century the Dutch turned their attention to more profitable trade in Java and the Spice Islands. Dutch influence was weakened by the arrival of the British, who acquired Penang Island in 1786, Malacca in 1795 and Singapore ...

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Maundy Money

Posted on June 24, 2018 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (2342)

Maundy MONEY


The Maundy ceremony originates from the washing of the feet of the twelve Disciples by Jesus on the night before his crucifixion and the Mandatum left by Jesus: - ‘He took a towel and girded himself, took a basin of water and washed His Disciples’ feet saying after” I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.”’ Similar acts of humility have since been performed by monarchs and religious leaders in many c...

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Winter Olympics

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (3158)


17 nations sent 258 (247♂ 11♀) athletes to compete 16 events in 6 sports and 9 disciplines

Top ranking nation was Norway with 17 medals (4g-7s-6b)


25 nations sent 464 (438♂ 26♀) athletes to compete 14 events in 6 sports and 8 disciplines

Top ranking nation was Norway with 15 medals (6g-4s-5b)


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Commonwealth Games

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (704)

Commonwealth Games By AM

In July 1881 the Rev. J. Astley Cooper wrote an article in the magazine Great Britain advocating a ‘Pan-Britannic Festival’ featuring military, literary and sporting activities. After some initial debate, the idea was forgotten until a Festival of Empire was held in 1911 at the Crystal Palace in London to commemorate the coronation of King George V. One of the features of the programme was an Empire sports meeting in which competitors from ...

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Portuguese Colonies

Posted on October 15, 2017 at 3:30 AM Comments comments (1743)

Portuguese Colonies

The Portuguese Republic is located in the western part of the Iberian Peninsular and has an area of 92080sq. km, its Capital is Lisbon.


After centuries of domination by Romans, Visigoths and Moors, Portugal emerged in the 12th century as an independent Kingdom ready to conquer the world.

Portugal’s Golden Age of colonialism

1394-1460 - Prince Henry the Navigator supported exploration, mapmaking, navigation and shipbuilding

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Flowers on Coins

Posted on September 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (1046)

Flowers on coins

 There are 59 different flower types’on125 coins from 43 countries. Some of the most interesting flower coins arethe Chad 500 franc reverse showing a native woman holding the flower of a palmtree. This is the only flora in the huge Sahara desert portion of Northern Chad.

 The 5 korun reverse of oldCzechoslovak Republic depicts stylized building cranes with a star and ablooming flower symbolizing reconstruction. Jamaica has ack...

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Security on Austalian Bank Notes

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (581)


Posted on July 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (817)

U.S.A Coinage

The new USA citizens used the bartersystem for the exchange of goods etc. There were no coins available except forvarious foreign coins such as the widely traded Spanish real dollars.


The newly signed constitution allowedcongress to coin money. The first Coinage Act was passed on the 2ndApril 1792, and established the United States Mint to oversee all mintoperations. The first employees included an engraver, an assayer and ch...

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Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (8853)



In June 1942 the CommonwealthRationing Commission was set up to limit the waste of money and goods, thushelping Australia to support troops fighting abroad.


Petrol rationingwas introduced in October 1940, private cars were allowed enough petrol totravel about 25km a week. Charcoal burners were popular and household gas wasalso used to keep cars moving. When Japan entered the war in 1941 controlsbecame more severe and Australia...

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Posted on July 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (2487)

Members! Do you know that we have an extensive Numismatic Library from which you can borrow?

Society History

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (8700)

A summary of the societys history is now available to members on USB stick or DVD.