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.”


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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