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I have a dragnet mentality, I'll admit it. Over the years, I've often wondered, then found out about many things for no other reason than they've come to mind and I'm naturally curious. It's often led me in some really fun and interesting directions.

Anyway, here's one that I've wondered about for years, since we went over to the AU$ in 1966 actually:

Where the word dollar came from and where and how the unit of currency originated. It was one of those things I'd wonder about, mean to look up and then never seem to get around to. I found out the origin of the word a while ago, but had never gotten around to finding out the rest. I finally did a little search around today and found a few different sites and pages, but this one covers the basics of the history quite well.

I'm not vouching for all the info as I haven't done enough research, but what they have here sounds about right.

Anyway, it's a fascinating little read that may want you to delve into certain aspects deeper, if you feel so inclined. Not a big read, but an interesting one.

Here's the link:

http://projects.exeter.ac.uk/RDavies/arian/dollar.html

In case anyone's interested, here's some pics of our, to my mind, very pretty and easy to discern polymer (hasn't been paper in yonks) and coin money:


Australian Notes
Australian coins


If you can't make out the artwork on the coins, they are: 1c - feather tailed glider possum, 2c frill necked lizard (both these are no longer in circulation, which is a real pain - only 5c and up now) 5c echidna (spiny anteater, a monotreme) 10c lyre bird, 20c platypus (only other monotreme in the world) 50c Australian coat of arms, $1 mob of kangaroos, $2 Aboriginal Elder with Southern Cross and Australian Grass Tree.

We do get commemorative mintings with other artwork from time to time, but these are the default. I miss my 1 and 2c coins....sob!

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reynardo
Nov. 8th, 2013 09:43 am (UTC)
Guess what I found in a tin in the garage!

Cash
darklotus1211
Nov. 8th, 2013 10:15 am (UTC)
Cool! I still have an old $1 note in my wallet and a coffee tin about half full of 1c and 2c pieces. I also had some $2 notes, but my son got into them a few years ago and, once again, can't remember what he did with them (it's like living with an Alzheimer's sufferer at times).

Do you miss the 1c and2c's too?
rangerishot
Nov. 8th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
Oh wow!! My parents still have the old $1 notes somewhere, too. There's even a $5 coin somewhere... ;-) I think it was for the Bicentenary??? I was only 4 so I'm not too sure.

I even have a wad of French Francs in both note and coin form and centiemes in my collection of French stuff. A collector's item too.
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