Editor's note: this is the fourth part of a series by Jeff Starck
exploring "coins" of unrecognized states. The feature
appears in the August monthly issue of Coin World.
The Hutt River Province, if not the most prolific coin-issuing
secessionist state in history, is among the top contenders.
The 75-square-kilometer area claimed for the nation is located some
290 miles north of Perth, in Australia.
Leonard George Casley formed the nation after seceding from the
state of Western Australia and the Australian nation itself, because
of a dispute over wheat quotas. Using what some saw as an arcane
provision of constitutional law, Casley notified the government, and
was soon prince of the province, population 12. His wife, Shirley, was princess consort.
The first coins for Hutt River appeared in 1976, a series of issues
denominated 5-, 10-, 25- and 50-cents, with an outpouring of issues to follow.
During the Gulf War, Hutt River issued an abundant series of coins
marking the machinery, methods and men of the war.
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During the 1990s, a popular series from Hutt River showcased
pioneers of American baseball. These include individuals like
Alexander Cartwright and Abner Doubleday, names recognizable to any
serious baseball historian.
A 2010 commemorative issue marking the 40th anniversary of Hutt
River’s founding is apparently the most recent coin issue from Hutt River.
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