Heads or Tails It's All Money; Time Well Spent Searching for Mint Condition Coins
Byline: KIRA LOVE
KORORA collector Terry Evans was in his teens when the currency system in Australia changed to decimal, sparking a life long interest in coins.
"I've always had an interest in coins," Mr Evans said.
"It's just a hobby. Just something different."
Mr Evans likes pre-decimal coins and his vast collection includes Australian pre-decimal silver coins, proclamation coins and bank notes. But he 'wouldn't have a clue' how many he has.
"The main reason I collect coins is I like the history behind them," he said.
The oldest coins in Mr Evans' collection are some Roman and Greek coins from around 2000AD. He said the key to the older coins is to find them in good condition.
"It's all to do with condition," Mr Evans said about determining the value of a coin.
"To get one in good condition from the rarest years is difficult."
Mr Evans has a 1932 florin two shilling coin that the Australian mint only made 188,000. The coin, although circulated for two shillings, can fetch anywhere between $15,000 and $20,000 now.
The '32 florin is the most widely collected of the pre-decimal coin denominations and is the scarcest in the series.
The more used a coin was, the harder it is to find one in good condition now.
Mr Evans says that the threepence and sixpence 'got a lot of wear and tear'.
"The threepence is hardest to collect," Mr Evans said.
This is because the threepence was put in milk cans and used for many household purchases. …