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Mid February 2014

money Super Starting Selection! 2013 $1 Australian Seasons This 33.20mm x Summer 33.20mm Australian legal 1oz Silver Proof tender 1oz 99.9% Silver Proof has a mintage of just 5,000 – sold out at the Perth Mint!

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2013 $1 Australian Megafauna – Procoptodon 1oz Silver Proof

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2012 $1 Year Of The Farmer Al-Br Unc

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Australian History 1901-2001 As Seen Through Banknotes

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Greg McDonald Guide 21st Edition Softcover

88,000 pts AV858

This leather-bound, limited edition 352pp book charts the evolution of Australian banknotes from 1901 to 2001.

$

79,500 pts

Not to be issued into circulation, this 25mm Australian legal tender $1 from the RAM marks the Year of the Farmer. $ 50 11,000 pts

The RAM’s 40mm 1oz 99.9% Silver Proof honours Australia Zoo’s 11.84 foot long, 350kg Saltie, Graham. Mintage a mere 5,000! $

80,000 pts

This 40.60mm 99.9% Silver Proof from the Perth Mint honours the ancestor of the kangaroo – the Procoptodon. Mintage 6,500! $

2014 $1 Australian Saltwater Crocodiles Graham Colour 1oz Silver Proof

31,500 pts AN182

Australia’s key numismatic text, the McDonald’s 21st ed comprises 550pp of images, information and updated pricing. $ 95 32,000 pts

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Perth A real pearler!

Struck to Proof quality from 1oz 99.9% pure silver, and limited to a mintage of just 7,500, this inventive 40mm Australian legal tender coin includes a REAL South Sea cultured pearl! $

249 120,000 pts

2011 $1 TREASURES OF AUSTRALIA PEARL 1oz SILVER PROOF AS119

Snakes Alive!

Notable for the impressive presentation case, created to provide easier display and greater enjoyment of your precious new acquisition, this set comprises four 47.60mm x 27.60mm rectangular Year of $ pts 295,000 the Snake Proof coins – each COOK ISLANDS 2013 $1 LUNAR SNAKE struck from 1oz 99.9% silver. RECTANGLE 1oz SILVER PROOF COLLECTION Mintage a mere 3,000!

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Mail PO Box 3131 Nunawading, Vic 3131

Charming… A charming legal tender set, comprising three Forest Babies 36.60mm 1/2oz 99.9% fine Silver Proofs. Mintage just 10,000 apiece!

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166 133,000 pts

TUVALU 2013 50c FOREST BABIES – GREY WOLF, RED SQUIRREL & BROWN BEAR 1/2oz SILVER PROOF TRIO au734

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Perfection! Aussie Pride!

Sold out! A masterwork of modern minting, this innovative Australia-shaped 1oz 99.9% silver BU Australian legal tender coin has a mintage of 6,000 – now sold out at the Perth Mint!

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83,500 pts

2013 $1 AUSTRALIA SHAPED PLATYPUS 1oz SILVER BU AV342

Golden Goal!

A real gem…

An official tribute to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, this 11.60mm 0.5g 99.99% Gold Proof is a must-have for collector and football fan alike.

Struck from 1oz 99.9% silver, this 40.60mm Australian legal tender Proof coin is highlighted by a transparent locket packed with semiprecious gemstones. Just 5,000 struck! $

$

125 100,500 pts

2013 $25 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 1/4oz GOLD PROOF AU738

2012 $1 CHRISTMAS LOCKET 1oz SILVER PROOF AU110

Natural beauties…

The First!

Celebrating Australia’s wondrous environment, each 40.60mm Perth Mintstruck full-colour Proof coin comprises 1oz 99.9% pure silver, and is set in an official case with a Certificate. Tiny mintage just 2,500 apiece!

Australia’s first High Relief Silver Proof Koala – struck from 1oz 99.9% silver, this 32.60mm Australian legal tender coin has a mintage of 10,000. $

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695 556,500 pts

2013 $1 KAKADU NATIONAL PARK 1oz SILVER PROOF 2013 $1 LORD HOWE ISLAND $ 95 1oz SILVER PROOF 2013 $1 FRASER ISLAND each 1oz SILVER PROOF

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2012 $1 HIGH RELIEF KOALA 1oz SILVER PROOF AT972

80,000 pts each

2013 $1 PURNULULU NATIONAL PARK 1oz SILVER PROOF

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Enshrining the importance of Australian citizenship in Australian legal tender, the Perth Mint’s 30.60mm 2014 $1 Citizenship BU $ 50 11,000 pts is set in an official card. A coin for every proud 2014 $1 CITIZENSHIP BU Aussie! AV469


A right royal range of Not found in change! Official Australian legal tender tributes to the International Year of Planet Earth, the RAM’s 2008 2-Coin Proof and Unc Sets are a must-have for the serious decimal enthusiast.

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Set within official RAM packs, the Proof Set 2008 20c & $1 Two Coin Unc Set includes a Planet Earth 20c, united with a $ 13,000 pts Mob of Roos $1, whilst the Unc Set features a Planet Earth $1 and a Platypus 20c. Crucially, 2008 20c & $1 Two Coin Proof Set neither commemorative was issued for $ 37,000 pts circulation and will never be found in change!

The

First $5 coin!

Outback Roo!

Acclaimed worldwide, the 2013 $1 Outback Kangaroo F15 Privy 1oz Silver Proof forms a vibrant Australian legal tender celebration of our primary native icon. Featuring a bold, muscular design of the kangaroo bounding across the Outback, each 40mm 1oz 99.9% Silver Proof coin is set in a RAM case $ pts 87,500 with a Certificate of Authenticity confirming 2013 $1 Outback Kangaroo F15 1oz Silver Proof AU696 the mintage of just 5,000.

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Struck to impeccable RAM Proof quality, and spanning an impressive 38.74mm in diameter, this official Australian legal tender coin is Australia’s very first $5 coin! Offered in the original RAM pack of issue! $

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30,400 pts

1988 $5 NEW PARLIAMENT HOUSE AL-BR PROOF GX023

Stamp of quality An exclusive, official Australian Show Product, we have tiny stocks of the 2013 Brisbane Ekka Show B Counterstamp Al-Br $1 Unc! Maximum mintage 5,000 coins – each set in a RAM pack. $ 95 6,500 pts

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2013 $1 EKKA Show B Holey Dollar Counterstamp Al-Br Unc AV382

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RAM rippers! Our

Just 2,000

first 12-sided coin

in Australia! Produced by the RAM in coalition with Australia Zoo, this sparkling Silver $1 is official, eye-catching and very exclusive.

64,500 pts

2013 $1 Australian Saltwater Crocodiles Bindi 1oz Silver Unc AT997

Unique, one-yearonly types, the Royal Australian Mint’s 2012 50c Tetra-Decagon Lunar Dragon Unc and 2013 50c Tetra-Decagon Lunar Snake Unc represent Australia’s first two 12-sided 50c types. Not issued for circulation, and a must-have for a complete collection, 2012 50c Tetra-decagon each 31.51mm coin Lunar Dragon is presented within a Cu-Ni Unc w/Australia Map of Australia stand. Shaped Stand

2,000 struck! Featuring intricately detailed designs of the Brisbane City Hall and Sydney Town Hall respectively, these 38.74mm Al-Zn-Br Australian legal tender $5 coins were each taken from a mintage of just 2,000.

2012 $5 Sydney ANDA Show Capital Town Hall Antique Unc

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AT924 AT445

2012 $5 Brisbane ANDA Show Brisbane City Hall Antique Unc

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$

16,000 pts

AU087

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Distinguished by a striking design upon its 40mm flan, this dramatic Frosted Unc coin portrays ‘Bindi’ – a resident of Australia Zoo and Steve Irwin’s favourite crocodile. An official Australian legal tender issue, crafted from 1oz of pure 99.9% silver and presented in a RAM pack, the 2013 $1 Bindi Saltwater Crocodile Unc has a mintage of 10,000 – with a mere 2,000 retained in Australia!

2013 50c Tetra-decagon Lunar Snake Cu-Ni Unc w/Australia Shaped Stand

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10,000 pts

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The Coins of 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereign gEF-aUnc

1866 Sydney Mint Sovereign (PCGS Slabbed AU58) aUnc

The very last date of Australia’s first sovereign series, struck at Australia’s first mint, we have a few 1870 Sydney Mint Sovereigns in outstanding good Extremely Fine to about Uncirculated condition.

From Australia’s first sovereign series, and Australian Gold Rush history you can hold in your hands, the 1866 Sydney Mint Sovereigns in stock are graded by PCGS at AU58 – superb aUnc quality. $

2,450

$

1,750,000 pts

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AS545

1876S Young Head St George Sovereign VF

1875M Young Head St George Sovereign VF+

Struck in low numbers at the historic Sydney Mint, with the tiny mintage closed at just 1.613m, the 22-carat gold 1876S Sovereign is scarce today – as with all early Australian sovereigns.

The only sovereign type struck at the Melbourne Mint in 1875, with no Shield Sovereigns produced, this sought after date had a tiny mintage of just 1.888m. In lovely VF & better quality. $

795

1,450 1,160,000 pts

$

636,500 pts

795 636,500 pts AV078

AS026

1880S Young Head St George Sovereign VF-EF

1877M Young Head St George Sovereign VF-EF

Taken from a tiny mintage of just 1.459m, the 1880S Gold Sovereign unites the Young Head portrait of Queen Victoria with the St George motif – superb when found in impressive VF to EF quality.

Another extremely low mintage date, with a mere 1.487m coins produced at the Melbourne Mint, the 21.5mm 1877M Gold Sovereign features Pistrucci’s stunning St George & the Dragon reverse. $

795

$

636,500 pts

795 636,500 pts AV084

AV080

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Colonial Australia… GB 1787 Shilling VF

GB 1787 Sixpence VF

Struck in the year that the First Fleet set sail from England, the 1787 Silver Shilling was listed in Governor King’s Proclamation of 1800 – Australia’s first official currency system.

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Circulating in Australia during the early colonial period, the 1799 Halfpenny was the only date of the penultimate Halfpenny type struck during the record-breaking reign of King George III. Graded Fine to Very Fine.

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GB 1806 Halfpenny F-VF

The first of only two dates of the last 1/2d type issued during the long reign of George III (1760-1820), the 1806 Halfpenny is a genuine Proclamation Era coin, playing a crucial role in facilitating daily transactions in the $ early colonial period.

GB 1799 Halfpenny F-VF

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63,500 pts AK094

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40,000 pts

Britain’s largest, heaviest coin at nearly 2oz in weight and 41mm in diameter, the copper 1797 Cartwheel 2d circulated in Australia at double face value at the time of the Proclamation.

Struck at Matthew Boulton’s Soho Mint, as with the 1797 Cartwheel 2d at right, the 1806 Penny circulated in Australia after settlement, and is rightly considered a Proclamation Era coin.

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40,000 pts

GB 1797 Twopence F-VF GB 1806 Penny F-VF

$

AF690

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$

Circulating in colonial Australia in the 1790 s and early 1800s, this Proclamation Era silver coin is much admired for the superb portrait of George III and armorial magnificence of the reverse. $ 108,500 pts

87,500 pts

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AV016

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International Variety!

Romania 500 Lei $ 95 16,000 pts Monster Pack Colour 19 AV390 Trio BU Comprises three 24mm 500 Lei coins celebrating Dracula, the Werewolf and Frankenstein’s Monster.

GB 1893-1900 Crown Victoria Veiled Head F+

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GB 1887-90 Double Florin Victoria Jubilee F+

95,500 pts AU603

The last Silver Crown type of Queen Victoria – spans 38.60mm and struck from sterling silver!

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$

95,500 pts AU604

Unique, short-lived, large 36mm sterling silver type – issued for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

Mongolia 2013 500 Togrog Golden Eagle Silver Proof

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Ø 55mm

Germany 1935-39 2 RM Hindenburg VF

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7,500 pts AN236

Struck under Hitler in pre-WWII Nazi Germany, each 25mm 62.5% silver 2RM features the Swastika.

Laos 2013 2000 Kip Lunar Snake Jade 2oz Silver Proof

79,500 pts

295 236,000 pts

$

AU050

Each gold-plated 55mm 2oz 99.9% silver Proof features a ring of real jade! Mintage just 2,888!

USA 1960-63 Half Dollar $2795 22,500 pts USA 1964 Half Dollar $2895 23,500 pts Franklin Silver BU Kennedy Silver BU AU252 AU301 The last dates of the Franklin $1/2 silver type – replaced in 1964 by the JFK $1/2. Graded BU!

Issued to honour the slain President – the first JFK $1/2, and last USA $1/2 struck in 90% silver!

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AV455

Depicting the Golden Eagle, this 38.61mm 25g sterling silver Proof has a mintage of just 2,500!

USA 1960-1964 $ 95 14,000 pts Quarter Washington 16 AV885 Silver BU

The final Washington Quarters struck in silver – in BU! Spans 24.26mm, and struck from 90% silver!

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A plethora of PNCs! 2007 $1 Sydney Harbour Bridge PNC

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2009 Colour Dolphins Medallion PNC

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2011 $1 Centenary Of RMC Duntroon PNC

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AM716

2010 $1 Shanghai World Expo PNC

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1795

$

AR095

2011 $1 Bush Babies Sugar Glider PNC

2295

2013 $1 Holey Dollar & Dump PNC

Includes a $1.60c stamp, and the Perth Mint’s 30.60mm Australian legal tender 2011 $1 Baby Kangaroo Al-Br BU!

2295

$

1595

AT190

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AR139

18,500 pts AS981

A lovely presentation, featuring the RAM’s 25mm ‘not-issued-forcirculation’ 2013 $1 Holey Dollar & Dump Al-Br Unc. $

18,500 pts

9,500 pts

Headlined by Perth Mint’s superbly designed 2011 $1 Sugar Glider BU, united with an Australian $4.70c stamp. $

13,000 pts AS538

16,000 pts AR093

Highlighted by Perth Mint’s 30.60mm 2010 $1 World Expo Al-Br BU – graced with a vivid stylised portrayal of a tiger.

16,000 pts

Honours Royal Military College Duntroon – features Perth Mint’s unique Australian legal tender 30.60mm Duntroon $1. $

Honours Hawthorn’s victory over Geelong in the 2008 AFL Grand Final – includes 38mm medallion and a 55c stamp. $

16,000 pts

Unites a 55c stamp and a full-colour 38mm medallion – like the Hawthorn PNC, the limited edition is just 10,000! $

2011 $1 Bush Babies Kangaroo PNC

2008 Hawthorn Premiers Medallion PNC

Celebrates the 75th anniversary of Sydney Harbour Bridge – includes ‘not-issuedfor-circulation’ RAM $1 type!

13,000 pts AV750

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Famous Star Wars stunner!

Celebrating one of the world’s biggest cinematic sagas, this spectacular legal tender set forms a gripping tribute to Star Wars. Depicting Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2 and Princess Leia respectively, the four 40.70mm gold-plated coins are set in a sensational Darth Vader Mask case – a case that emits Vader’s infamous breathing sounds when opened! Officially licensed, this exclusive set has a mintage of just 7,500.

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79,500 pts

Niue 2011 $1 Star Wars Gold-Plated BU 4-COIN Set w/Darth Vader Case AV468

Pure Bugs Bunny hero… Bonus! A wonderful, permanent keepsake of the 50th anniversary of legendary web-slinger Spiderman, this vibrant 40.70mm full-colour Proof coin is crafted from 1oz 99.9% silver and is set in a brilliantly illustrated metal case. Mintage a mere 5,000! $

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A lively tribute to one of the world’s most famous cartoon characters – Bugs Bunny – this fully authorised, officially licensed Warner Bros product is as exclusive as it is eye-catching! Spanning 32mm, and struck from 14.14g of sterling silver, the mintage has been set at just 6,000 coins – each set in a pack incorporating a Certificate.

95,500 pts

Niue 2013 $2 50 Years Of Spider-Man 1oz Silver Proof   AV711

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7250

58,500 pts   

Niue 2013 $1 Bugs Bunny Silver Proof AV831

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fans and coin An essential acquisition for Transformers set olour full-c ing catch eyecollectors alike, this r Proofs – comprises two 40.70mm 1oz 99.9% Silve Megatron! depicting archenemies Optimus Prime and 0, the Strictly limited to a mintage of just 5,00 ning, stun a n withi d ente pres are two coins official Transformers themed display cube. Superbly embossed with the Decepticon and Autobot insignias, the Transformers cube features a unique ‘spin to unlock’ mechanism! $

259 207,500 pts

Niue 2013 $2 Transformers 1oz Silver Proof Pair AU472

Monopoly Money!

MONOPOLY A wonderful opportunity to enjoy REAL to what is the te tribu MONEY, this set forms a stunning the world. in e gam d boar lar popu most most famous, comprises two Taken from a mintage of 5,000, the set f quality from Proo to k struc each – legal tender coins 35mm, the 1oz of 99.9% silver. Measuring 35mm x nt full-colour, vibra in LY OPO MON MR. first coin features MONOPOLY n know with the second depicting the wellsquare Silver each h, touc ing finish ct perfe game tokens. The of the MONOPOLY board. ns desig er corn c Proof also features the four iconi coins are housed in a moulded Capping this sensational presentation, the box! r oute ed top hat, set in a MONOPOLY them

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Niue 2013 $2 Monopoly 1oz Silver

Proof Set (2)

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Bonus Banknotes Bonanza! 10/- R17 Coombs/Wilson QEII Reserve Bank Fine

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$5 R214 Fraser/Cole Unc

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$20 Fraser/Evans FDI Overprint Unc

latter created when printing plates damaged during production were replaced with plates featuring earlier version of the note. $ 112,000 pts

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39,500 pts AB086

$10 R316a Fraser/Evans Unc

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$50 Fraser/Evans FDI Overprint Unc

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52,000 pts AB308

An exclusive limited edition, with a mere 10,500 printed! Carries the First Prefix, first $50 polymer signature combination, as well as low serials and the ‘4 October 1995’ Overprint! $ 220,000 pts

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78,500 pts

AQ189

Australia’s very first standard polymer $10 issue! Released 21 years ago, and impossible to find in your change in anything like the superb Uncirculated quality seen here! $

Carries first $20 polymer signature combination, ‘31 October 1994’ First Day of Issue Overprint, low serials and First Prefix! Exclusive, with just 35,000 notes issued. $

AE029

$5 R217a & 217ai Fraser/Evans Unites Wide Bands $5 and Narrow & Wide Band Pair Unc scarce Narrow Bands $5 –

Representing the end of an era, the Fraser/Cole $10 was the very last paper $10 issued in Australia before supplanted by polymer banknotes. Available in strictly Unc condition! $ 47,500 pts

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The first, scarcest and most sought after George VI £1, the 1938-42 Sheehan/McFarlane £1 is a unique, historic keepsake of the Second World War. Offered in Very Fine quality! $ 236,000 pts

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39,500 pts AL088

Issued 22 years ago, and very rarely seen in change today, the one-year-only Fraser/Cole $5 was Australia’s very first standard circulating polymer banknote type. Graded Unc! $

$10 R313 Fraser/Cole Unc

£1 R29 Sheehan/McFarlane VF

A crucial Australian note type, issued early in the long reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the 1961-65 Coombs/Wilson 10/was the last 10/- note of the 1913-65 predecimal series!

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