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The E-Sylum (1/3/2010)

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Museum Victoria sample page In reference to a new online exhibit at the Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, Dick Doty of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian writes:

Please share this site with the brethren assembl'd. I think it's very good.

Dick forwarded the following note from John Sharples:

The token project I worked on (with others) a couple of years ago has now gone online at the museum - it is very good and includes histories of the issuers and mints as well as guidelines for identification of the different dies used by issuers etc. Please spread the word if you like what they have done - tell them too (they are counting hits and it will influence further numismatic on-line funding).

To view a sample page, see: Token - 1 Penny, James Wallace, Grocer, Wellington, New Zealand, 1859 (

I like the design and content of this site, which takes advantage of the capabilities of an interactive website to present the material in multiple ways. The image chronology across the top shows similar tokens orders by date of issue. On the right is a list of "themes" the item is catalogued under (Numismatics & Philately Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, and Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria). The map at the left is a Google mash-up showing where the token is linked geographically.

Some of the web pages I tried to access were unavailable, but I did enjoy surfing through the site. One thing I learned than may be of interest to our U.S. readers is that "During World War II the US mints at San Francisco and Denver were contracted to strike silver coins, and the Indian mint at Bombay to strike bronze coins for Australia." -Editor
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