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Monthly Archives: March 2014

AN IRISH CONVICT’S LOVE TOKEN – transportation from Britain to Australia

by Howard Simmons Tokens recording of the transportation of convicts from Britain to Australia are highly collectable and are rarely offered for sale. We had one in our token auction, MB62-409 20 February 2013, relating to William White, dated 1827. This is a typical piece, crudely made from a worn and smoothed copper halfpenny. But […]

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WEIGHING MONEY

Some of the earliest writings on Babylonian cuneiform clay tablets indicate that number and measurement of mass, length and volume were already in use at the time writing was being developed. This gives the practice of using artefacts to measure mass (weighing) a much longer history than that of coins. Priests and kings set up […]

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CHATS ON OLD COINS – and other numismatic matters

  Chats on old coins – that’s the title of a book that Howard Simmons had when a very young collector many moons ago.  And a blog is just that.  We’ll be adding articles and photos from time to time.  When I say ‘we’ that means Howard chatting and me (Frances) typing furiously and adding […]

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