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2013 POCKET GUIDE TO COINS & BANKNOTES 20th Edition by Greg McDonald

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The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins & Banknotes continues to meet the mark that this mainstay of Australian numismatics set in 1993 - it remains the "bible" of Australian coin and banknote values.

Not only does the 2013 edition list pretty much each and every single coin associated with Australia between 1788 and 2013, it includes a range of full-colour images that help collectors easily identify items that are in their collection.

Such is the reach of the Pocket Guide that as new research is conducted into a specialised field of numismatics, it's included in the pocket guide for collectors to make use of. A few examples of the specialised research that's now included is:

  • A listing of the different obverse and reverse die types in the Australian half-sovereign series;
  • A listing of the different obverse and reverse die types in the Australian gold sovereign series; as well as
  • Detailed listings of the serial number prefixes seen on Australia's pre-decimal and decimal currency banknotes.

 

In addition to all of the latest coins from the Perth and Royal Australian Mints, the 2013 edition of the Pocket Guide also includes:

Pre-Federation notes (issued by private banks in Australia between 1817 and 1910) - this alone is 64 pages of brand new content;

  • Superscribed notes (issued by the Commonwealth Government between 1910 and 1913) - another 8 pages of completely fresh information; and
  • Pre-Decimal specimen and trial banknotes (important to the printing process between 1913 and 1966) - yet another 6 pages of previously-unpublished information.

 

Collectors in the US have coined the phrase "cherry picking" to describe the ability some collectors have to identify rare varieties of certain coins or notes that other collectors or dealers have missed. The first step to being able to do this is to learn just what to look for, once you have that information "cherry picking" can be very lucrative indeed!

A couple of the other additional features of the Pocket Guide that truly are beneficial to collectors are the display advertisements for dealers and auction houses around the country, as well as the index of advertisers at the rear of the book. Any keen collector will tell you that if a few simple ads helps keep the cover price down then it's a very small price to pay indeed. I know that when I first subscribed to coin and banknote magazines or reference books from overseas, I'd pore over each and every advert with a view to touching base with dealers that specialised in my area of interest. It's not like I could find these dealers in the Yellow Pages either, so adverts like that certainly do help collectors touch base with dealers that can help them either by selling or buying.

As always, values for each and every section of Australian numismatics have been updated - no collector should be without it!

 

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