A new hardcover book explores Australia’s coinage in depth.
Inside the Vault: The History and Art of Australian Coinage by
Peter Rees was released in mid-February and is currently available
from the Royal Australian Mint.
The 192-page book “uncovers the fascinating story of the nation’s
currency.” According to publisher NewSouth, “Bestselling author Peter
Rees traces significant events — the Rum Rebellion, the gold rushes of
the 19th century, the opening of the Royal Australian Mint, the
introduction of decimal currency in 1966 — and their effect on
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The heavily illustrated book includes never-before-seen design
sketches and images of key Australian coins along with images of
important events and people in the history of Australian coinage.
Inside the Vault was released to coincide with the Feb. 14
anniversary of the 1966 decimalization. 2016 marks the 50th
anniversary of the switch, which required Australia to build a new
mint in Canberra that opened in 1965.
The new book traces the history of the nation, from the 1788 First
Fleet landing to present day, including famous issues like the Holey
dollar and dump and the 1930 penny. The book reports on current
technology like domed coinage, triangular coins, circulating coins
sporting color and more. Closing the book are eight pages offering
historical notes, a bibliography, image credits and index.
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The book retails for $59.99 Australian and may currently be
purchased from the Royal Australian Mint, with the price in U.S.
dollars to be determined at the time of purchase.
Shipping charges are additional.
The publisher said the book will not become available in North
America until June 1.