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Australian Coin Sizes.

Actual Size

Australian Coin

2x2 Holder Size

Round Capsule Size

Quadrum Size

Quickslab Size

25*5mm

Half penny

27*5mm

26mm

26mm

26mm

30*8mm

Penny

32*5mm

31mm

31mm

31mm

16mm

Threepence

17*5mm

16*5mm

16mm

16mm

19mm

Sixpence

20mm

19*5mm

19 mm

19 mm

23*5mm

Shilling

25mm

24mm

24mm

24mm

28*5mm

Florin

30mm

29mm

29mm

29mm

38*5mm

Crown

39*5mm

39mm

39mm

39mm

17*53mm

One Cent

20mm

18mm

18mm

18mm

21*59mm

Two Cent

22*5mm

22mm

22mm

22mm

19*41mm

Five Cent

20mm

19*5mm

20mm

20mm

23*6mm

Ten Cents

25mm

24mm

24mm

24mm

28*52mm

Twenty Cents

30mm

29mm

29mm

29mm

31*5mm

Round Fifty Cents

32*5mm

32mm

32mm

32mm

 

Multi Facet Fifty Cents

35mm

32*5mm

33mm

33mm

25mm

$1

27*5mm

25mm

25mm

25mm

20*62mm

$2

22*5mm

21mm

21mm

21mm

38*74mm

$5

39*5mm

39mm

39mm

39mm

34mm

$10

35mm

35mm

34mm

34mm

25mm

$100

27*5mm

25mm

25mm

25mm

19mm

Half Sovereign

20mm

19*5mm

19mm

19mm

21*5mm

Sovereign

22*5mm

22mm

22mm

22mm

Australian Banknote Sizes.

Australian Pre - Decimal Banknotes have several sizes, I have tried to show the larger size.

Actual Size

Pre - Decimal Banknotes

197 x 88mm

1913 Ten Shilling blue

197 x 88mm

Half Sovereign blue

137 x 78mm

Ten Shilling - orange

137 x 76mm

Ten Shilling brown

181 x 81mm

One Pound dark green

181 x 97mm

Five Pounds blue

181 x 79mm

Ten Pounds red yellow

168 x 102mm

Twenty Pounds dark blue

168 x 102mm

Fifty Pounds blue & pink

168 x 104mm

One Hundred Pounds blue

 

Decimal Paper Notes

140 x 70mm

$1

145 x 72*5mm

$2

150 x 75mm

$5

155 x 77*5mm

$10

160 x 80mm

$20

165 x 82*5mm

$50

172 x 82*5mm

$100

 

Decimal Polymer Notes

130 x 65mm

$5

137 x 65mm

$10

144 x 65mm

$20

151 x 65mm

$50

158 x 65mm

$100

Australian Coin Gradings and their definitions.

  • Good - a coin in this condition with exhibit significat wear. All detail would be clearly identifiable, however lacking in detail. Legends will be clear and legible.
  • Very Good - a coin in this condition will also have significant wear, though less of it. Detail will be slightly more evident and on George V coins, part of the band should be visible and 'Advance Australia' legible.
  • Fine - a coin in this grade will have suffered from noticably moderate wear. The more intricate details should be apparent however the high points will usually be completely worn off. George V coins will possess full band on crown and a clearly legible 'Advance Australia'.
  • Very Fine - a coin in this grade will have some wear, though not easily noticed. Many of the high points will have suffered from some wear, however most of the detail should be apparent. George V coins should display a full and clearly defined center diamond and 6 pearls in the crown. The emu should display a moderate amount of feathers.
  • Extremely Fine - at this point the coin should be easily mistakable for an Uncirculated piece without close inspection. Detail should be clear and virtually complete with only the high points having some degree of wear. It should display a strong cartwheel lustre unless toned. George V coins should display a clear set of 8 pearls unless weakly struck. Emu feathers should be abundant. At this point only George V's moustache and the center of emu should possess actual circulation wear.
  • about Uncirculated - an aUnc coin refers to a coin that is essentially in mint state, however with trace amounts of friction on the highest points of the coin. It could also, however, refer to a coin that has not experienced any circulation, however has suffered from a very poor strike or excess bagmarks (marks in the field 'caused during bagging of coins). Lustre should be prominent unless toned and appear complete though may be broken on the highest points.
  • Uncirculated - exactly as the term describes, a coin that has not seen a second of circulation. It may not be completely struck, may contain one or two minor rimnicks and some bagging in the fields. However excess of any of these may neccessitate an about Uncirculated grade
  • Choice Uncirculated - essentially a premium example of an Uncirculated piece. Such a piece will be free of rimnicks, with only a couple of bagmarks and should be virtually completely struck up.
  • Gem Uncirculated - an Uncirculated coin that is perfect in all respects to the naked eye. It will not display visible imperfections in the fields and will be fully struck up. It however, may contain traces of bagging under a magnifying glass.
  • Fleur de Coin - A perfect coin, both to the naked eye and otherwise. Usually reserved for proof coins and circulation issues tend not to be struck up to such a degree of perfection.

Australian Banknote Gradings and their definitions.

         UNCIRCULATED - A perfectly preserved note, never mishandled by the issuing authority, a bank teller, the public or a collector. The paper is clean and firm without discoloration. No folds (a bend without braking the surface of the paper) and no creases (a hard fold that has broken the surface of the paper). Corners are sharp and square without any evidence of rounding.

         ABOUT UNCIRCULATED - A virtually perfect note, with some monor handling. May show very slight evidence of bank counting folds at a corner or one light fold through the center, but not both. An AU note cannot be creased. The paper is clean and bright with original sheen and the corners are not rounded. Europeans may refer to an AU note as EF-UNC or EF (Extremely Fine).

         EXTREMELY FINE - A very attractive note with light handling evidence. It may have a minimum of three light folds or one strong crease. The paper is clean and firm without discoloration. The corners are sharp and square without any evidence of rounding. Europeans may refer to an EF notes as Good-Very Fine or GVF.

         VERY FINE - An attractive note with more evidence of handling and wear. It may have several folds both vertically and horizontally. The paper may have minimal dirt or smudging. The paper is still relatively crisp and not floppy.

         FINE - The note shows considerable circulation with many folds, creases and wrinkling. The paper may not be excessively dirty but has some softness. The edges may show much handling with minor tears in the border. The tears may not extend into the design. There will be no center holes due to excessive folding. The colors are clear but not very bright, a staple hole or two would not be uncommon. Overall it would still be a reasonably desireable looking note.

         VERY GOOD - Such a note is just about at the end of its useful life and is of little value to the collector unless very rare. The note will display major discoloration and staining as well as numerious tears and even pin holes.

From there you go to GOOD (G), and FAIR - POOR. Through these ranges go from "very well used" to "a rag". At this stage few bother grading as they are getting pretty rough.

Stamps Gradings.

         MUH and MNH are the same, Mint Unhinged and Mint Never Hinged. In this category you can get several price variations, a well centred stamp with no short perforations will be top price, while a stamp off centre with a few short perforations will be cheaper.

         MLH is Mint Light Hinged Stamp. The stamps in mint but has been stored in a Stamp Album and fixed to the page via a glassine hinge.

         VFU is a stamp that is used and has a small circular cancelation on one corner of the stamp and does not have any short perforations.

         FU is a stamp that has a circular cancelation but covers a major part of the stamp design.

         USED is a stamp that has a bar cancelation that covers most of the stamp design.

         SPACE FILLER is usually a used stamp, damaged, covered with a lot of cancelation ink, and or has missing perforations.