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Australian museums

The National Museum of Australia in Canberra houses an extensive Australiana collection.

Museum Victoria in Melbourne houses an extensive collection of Australian coins, tokens and banknotes, which are progressively being brought on-line. To date the entire token collection is available on-line, along with many other pieces. These can be accessed by going to Museum Victoria Collections & Research and then typing a key word for the item of interest in the Search the Collections box.

The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney houses an important collection of Australian coins, tokens and banknotes.

The Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney holds a very important collection of the coinage of Hadrian along with coins from Ancient Greece.

The Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle holds a large collection of coins from Dutch and other shipwrecks found off the West Australian coast, many of which are accessible at its numismatic database.

The National Library of Australia in Canberra holds an extensive collection of books and other manuscripts, and is also the link to libraries around the country.

The Australian War Memorial in Canberra is the nation’s repository for military artefacts and has on-line research facilities.

Noteprinting Australia in Melbourne has responsibility for the printing of the nation’s banknotes, but its collection of banknotes has been transferred to the Reserve Bank of Australia at 65 Martin Place, Sydney.

Reserve Bank of Australia Museum, a virtual museum of Australian banknotes, also has a currency museum at 65 Martin Place, Sydney.

The Westpac Museum at 6-8 Playfair Street, The Rocks, Sydney has a feature exhibition, currently The Convict’s Bank, The People’s Bank and Australia’s Bank.

The ANZ Banking Museum, is housed in the lower ground floor of the ‘Gothic Bank’ at 380 Collins Street, Melbourne and tells the story of Australia’s banking heritage through displays of items such as banknotes and coins, moneyboxes, office machines, firearms, gold-mining equipment and uniforms.

The Royal Australia Mint in Canberra is the central Mint for Australia.

The Perth Mint in Perth is Australia’s oldest operating Mint, having been established in 1899.

The Sovereign Hill Gold Museum in Ballarat commemorates one of the great Australian gold rush sites.

The Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney has an extensive collection of Greek, Hellenistic and Roman coins. Its current exhibition Faces of Power: Imperial Portraiture on Roman Coins includes 1309 coins of Roman emperors and their wives (until September 2007).

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery was established by The Royal Society of Tasmania, the oldest Royal Society outside England, and is fortunate to have one of the finest numismatic collections in Australia. The collection includes coins from c600 BC to the present, banknotes, promissory notes, commercial tokens, commemorative medals, decorations, campaign medals and badges. In total the Museum holds more than 25,000 of these precious objects. Highlights include ancient Roman and Greek coins, gold and hammered coins of Great Britain, Victoria and George Crosses awarded to Tasmanians, Tasmanian commemorative and presentation medals, a fine collection of German medals by Karl Goetz, and early Tasmanian trading tokens.

The Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide has a significant numismatic collection, including the original dies of the Adelaide 1 pound and 5 pounds.

The National Sports Museum located at the MCG in Melbourne has an extensive collection of sporting memorabilia, including medals and badges.

Overseas museums

The Royal Mint, lots of offers from their own coin club.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has all you need to know about New Zealand currency.

The British Museum. This famous institution has a collection of over a million coins, and the HSBC Money Gallery is well worth a visit.
Department of Coins and Medals what’s on and how to contact them.
World of Money gives details of their interactive CD ROM

The Fitzwilliam Museum Department of Coins & Medals. An excellent site, well worth a visit. Their Early Medieval Corpus is now on line – this is an attempt to record all single finds of coins minted between AD 410 – 1180 and discovered in the British Isles. Currently 2,700 items are catalogued. Details of the Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles can also be found on this comprehensive site.

Hunterian Museum. The new permanent numismatic exhibitions based on the renowned 18th-century cabinet of Doctor William Hunter, who bequeathed his collections to the University of Glasgow, and supplemented by later additions.

Ashmolean Museum. The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is the host to Roman Provincial Coinage on-line, an invaluable resource for those interested in this area.

Pobjoy Mint, the major British private mint.

Monnaie de Paris, French National Coinage Museum in Paris. Site (various languages) gives history of coinage plus details of exhibition displays plus images of the new.

Geldgeschichtliches Museum der Kreissparkasse Köln, a website-based numismatic history museum (in German).

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, in particular, see the magnificent Berlin City numismatic collection on-line.

Numismatic societies outside Australia and New Zealand

The Royal Numismatic Society, the RNS and the British Numismatic Society (BNS) are the leading academic numismatic societies in the UK. These websites offer full details of the Societies’ programmes, publications, prizes, and history.

American Numismatic Association. The largest numismatic association in the United States.

American Numismatic Society. The American Numismatic Society has an extensive on-line searchable database of its varied collections.

International Banknotes Society (IBNS) has chapters throughout the world, including Australia.

Royal Numismatic Society of Belgium The second oldest numismatic society in the world (after the Royal Numismatic Society).

Berlin Numismatic Society The oldest numismatic society in Germany and the third oldest in the world.

Numismatic magazines and other resources

The Australasian Coin and Banknote Magazine, the only commercial magazine in Australia and New Zealand dealing with coins and banknotes.

The Collectables Trader, a bimonthly Australian and New Zealand magazine that includes regular numismatic articles and other collectables. Available from newsagents in Australia and New Zealand or direct from the publishers; PO Box 324, Bondi Junction NSW 1355 (at reduced rates).

Guide to coin collecting, an Australian on-line resource for numismatics.

Coin News, a leading and long-established high quality numismatic publication, covering all areas of the hobby.

Krause Publications, large range of books (many also large) and magazines on many aspects of numismatics plus many other areas of collecting.

Coin World Magazine, another US published magazine but with interesting information (including the new quarter dollars) and links.

The Celtic Coin Index. Details of over 28,500 coins are held on the Celtic Coin Index, and this web site has full details of how it can be referenced. The prototype on line index is now available.

The Roman Provincial Coinage series on-line is to produce a standard typology of the provincial coinage of the Roman Empire from its beginning in 44 BC to its end in AD 296/7.

The Great Seals of England and Great Britain. Images and some details of The Great Seals used in every reign from William The Conqueror to Elizabeth II.

The Ben Weiss collection of historical and commemorative medals. A large range of historical detail and wonderful images of medals.

Coinlink (Numismatics Today). Numismatic news, features and resources.

Coinsheet Numismatic Directory. A directory of worldwide links to many coin clubs and dealers.

The fascination of gold in ancient coinage. A virtual numismatic exhibit on the website of the Catholic University of Milan.

Wildwinds. An on-line reference, valuation and attribution site for ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins.

The Maria Theresa thaler 1780. A comprehensive on-line reference site for this famous coin and its variants.

On-line auction houses

QXL ricardo, an online auction house with some numismatic content.

ebay, a well-known online auction house with a lot of numismatic content. Plus a lot of world numismatics and paranumismatics (exonumia to those in the USA).

trademe, the premier site for New Zealand on-line trading.

auctionfire, an on-line auction site with a very extensive series of links to many different categories of collectables.

USA Coin Book, a site specialising in coins where members can buy, sell and auction coins, coin supplies and other coin related items

Other websites of interest

Movable Cultural Heritage, the Australian Government website for everything related to the protection of Australian cultural heritage.

Historic Shipwrecks Act, detailing the protection of historic shipwrecks off the Australian coast and the State and Territory contacts.

Protected Objects Act, the New Zealand Government website listing the categories of protected New Zealand objects.

ICOMON is the International Committee of Money and Banking Museums, a subcommittee of ICOM.

The Online Coin Club is an internet based resource for coin collectors

Numismatic Dealers

The NAA does not recommend specific dealers or auction houses – but these sites are well worth a visit…

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Australian dealers

Noble Numismatics Pty Ltd in Sydney and Melbourne is a gold sponsor of the Numismatic Association of Australia and runs three major numismatic auctions each year.

Downies in Melbourne, Sydney and USA is a silver sponsor of the Numismatic Association of Australia and runs several major numismatic auctions each year.

Coinworks is a bronze sponsor of the Numismatic Asociation of Australia and specialises in the handling of high quality, rare and historic pre-1964 Australian coins.

Drake Sterling Numismatics deals exclusively on the internet and stocks only those coins that have been graded and authenticated by an independent third-party service, either PCGS or NGC. The company is a bronze sponsor of the Numismatic Association of Australia.

Sterling & Currency in Fremantle is a bronze sponsor of the Numismatic Association of Australia, specialising in rare coins and banknotes.

The Purple Penny in Adelaide is a bronze sponsor of the Numismatic Association of Australia, stocking only the best third party graded collector coins and archival quality coin collecting supplies, and deals entirely over the internet.

Universal Coin Co in Melbourne was established in 1988, and specialises in investment quality collectable rare coins and banknotes. The company is a bronze sponsor of the Numismatic Association of Australia.

I S Wright is a dealer and auctioneer in numismatic and military collectibles, with a wide range of coins, banknotes, tokens, medals and books in its shops in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Ballarat.

Romanorvm, proprietors Matthew & Katrina Shillam, is an Australian business dealing in ancient coins.

Walter Holt’s Ancient Greek and Roman Coins has a comprehensive website covering all aspects of ancient coins.

Rainbow Rarities specialises in Australian banknotes, both pre-decimal and decimal.

Colonial Coins and Medals deals in coins, banknotes, medallions and tokens, as well as war medals and badges.

Australasian Numismatic Dealer’s Association is an association of many of Australia’s leading coin and banknote dealers.

WA Coins is Western Australia’s newest coin dealer, specializing in Australian coins and offering a personalized (by appointment only) service.

Smits Stamps and Coins has a shop upstairs in London Court Arcade, Perth and deals in both coins and stamps.

New Zealand dealers

New Zealand Post for sales of official New Zealand coins.

United Kingdom dealers

Coin Dealers directory of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland A list of numismatic resources in the British Isles.

British Numismatic Trade Association (BNTA). Ethics and details. List of members.

Spink which, as one of the oldest and most famous dealers in the business, needs no introduction. Their website has been fully updated and now has a “virtual gallery” of coins for sale, all fully illustrated, as well as auction information and specialist advice for collectors.

Baldwin’s, a long-established company with a history going back to the 1872, offers coins for collectors, including ancient, mediaeval, British and foreign coins, commemorative medals, tokens and numismatic books.

Timothy Millett, a dealer specializing in historic medallions and works of art.

Charles Riley, a dealer specializing in coins, medals and commemorative medallions.

Mike Vosper, a dealer specializing in Celtic, Roman, and English Hammered coins, and 17th century tokens.

Classical Numismatic Group (CNG), a dealer and auction house specializing in
Classical, Mediaeval, and British numismatics.

P & D Medallions, a leading dealer in British and world historical and art medals.

Chris Rudd, a dealer specializing in Celtic coins.

Galata Coins, Paul and Bente Withers have published several books on weights and tokens and have a huge range of books for sale.

Simmons Gallery, Howard and Frances Simmons run the well known London Coin Fairs and deal in coins and tokens. Their gallery displays a large selection of modern art medals.

Christopher Eimer, a dealer specializing in Fine medals and Medallic Art. This web-site contains a large selection of medals as well as portrait reliefs, cameos and related objects.

Chris Perkins, offers British coins / world coins and collecting accessories. Pre-decimal specialist in mainly modern British coins (1760 – Date) but often other types of coins are available.

Mark Rasmussen is a dealer with a comprehensive list of British material.

Peter Edwards is a dealer selling a wide range of British coins. His website also features coin-related guides both new and experienced collectors.

Dave the Moneyer. The website of Dave Greenhalgh who produces coins in the mediaeval manner. This link points to the section relating to the history of minting and coin production.

Other countries

Irish Rarities is the website of Del Parker, a bronze sponsor of the Numismatic Association of Australia, located in Dallas, Texas.

Classical Coins, A very interesting and well constructed US site specializing in Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Persian coins

Coin Today, daily numismatic and gold investment news, from the US.

Rich Hartzog, World Exonumia Tokens, mostly US, interesting token related articles and extensive listing of books on token subjects.

Medals of the World. The website of Hedley Betts has a wonderful selection of world medals at

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