Coins and medals

We often receive enquiries about coins and medals. Our Collections website provides information about many of the coins, medals and trade tokens in the collection. We currently have approximately 7500 coins, 2800 medals and 2800 trade tokens listed online!

Museums Victoria cannot tell you how much your object is worth, but see our guide on who does.

Australian coins and medals

The Numismatics Association of Australia provides links to many relevant websites, and has also published online the past issues of its Journal, which has many articles of interest on the history of Australian coins and medals.

See also the website of the Numismatics Association of Victoria for its activities and journal.

The National Museum of Australia features convict tokens on their website.

The ANZ Banking Museum also provides information about Australian currency, the museum tells the story of Australia's banking heritage through displays of items such as banknotes and coins, moneyboxes, office machines, firearms, gold-mining equipment and uniforms.

Useful publications: Leslie Carlisle Australian historical medals, 1788-1988 (2008).

World coins and medals

The British Museum's Department of Coins and Medals provides a guide to books, web resources and associations. The site covers not just British coins and medals, but Roman, Greek, Oriental and modern coins, tokens, medals and paper money.

The Royal Numismatics Society (UK) has a web page of links to relevant web resources.

Useful publications: Standard Catalog of World Coins, published by Krause Publications. There are separate volumes now published for each century from the seventeenth century to the present.

Browse the Numismatics & Philately Collection online or find out how to donate objects to the museum.

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