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