Commemorative Firsts priceless

ONE DOLLAR doesn’t buy much these days but tucked away in one Maryborough home are a few special dollars that might be worth more than the paper they are printed on.

The commemorative one-dollar notes and coin were won by Maryborough woman Thelma Vary.

In 1966 – the year decimal currency was introduced in Australia – Mrs Vary won a commemorative “First” one-dollar note.

She still has the original envelope in which her prize was sent.

Nearly 20 years later Mrs Vary won more special dollars – a commemorative set of one of the last ever one-dollar notes and the first Australian one dollar coins.

The collectables have been tucked away in a safe place at Mrs Vary’s home for many years but the 82-year-old was prompted to pull them out of hiding after seeing a historic article in the Chronicle.

“I’m not a collector but I’ve entered lots of competitions – I still do,” she said.

“I’ve never had them valued but they’re probably worth a bit. I’ll let the kids worry about what to do with them.”

COIN FACTS

Decimal currency was introduced to Australia on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1966

The US had decimal currency since 1792; Europe, South America, Russia and Japan all had decimal currency by 1875

A one-dollar coin was issued in 1984 to replace the one-dollar note

Australia’s one-dollar coin weighs 9g and is composed of copper, aluminium and nickel

The Royal Australian Mint has released 64 commemorative issued one-dollar coins since 1984



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