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The Big Noodle: Noodling A Complete Set Of Circulating Australian Decimal Coins From Scratch

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 Posted 04/04/2022  07:49 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
The goal:

Starting April 2022 I intend to noodle a new set of every current circulating Australian Decimal Coin. That includes all standard and commemorative 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2. (Australian 1 and 2 cent coins were withdrawn from circulation in 1990). Naturally this doesn't include mint set only coins, however I will gladly accept any I may find. This also doesn't include varieties like 1966 wavy 20c or 2000 $1 mule. (In 12 years of noodling I have found both and I don't intend to maintain this thread for another 12 years on the off chance I might find another of each)

Will be interesting to see how long it takes, how many coins I have to search through and which coins prove to be the hardest to find (I am guessing 1966 round silver 50c and some of those earlier coloured $2 coins).

I noodle most days but which denominations I noodle and when will depend on what coins I can get my hands on from the banks.
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 Posted 04/04/2022  08:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
At this stage the total number of coins I need to find (before any 2022 coins are released) is: 423

5c - 56 (1966-2021) [1985, 1986 are mint set only]
10c - 54 (1966-2021) [1986, 1987, 1995, 1996 are mint set only]
20c - 64 (1966-2021) [1983-1993 are mint set only]
50c - 68 (1966-2021) [1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992 are mint set only] (1967, 1968 none minted)
$1 - 101 (1984-2021) [1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2012 are mint set only]
$2 - 80 (1988-2021) [1991 is mint set only]

Maybe a few more if you include both Canberra and London mint coins for 1966 and 1981 Canada and Wales 20c.
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 Posted 04/04/2022  09:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This quest would become far to awkward and confusing if I posted all denominations on the same thread so I have decided to start a sub-thread for each denomination 5c-$2.

This thread will be a general overview.

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http://goccf.com/t/419889#3610095
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 Posted 04/04/2022  2:09 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is going to be fun too watch, from one noodler to another. Well Triggersmob and DavidGraham have helped me out with mostly later stuff, but I pretty much noodled 98% of these coins to 2014 through bags of change I brought off 2 ladies from a thrift shop.

Plus until 2006, most of the 1c - 20c were found easily here.

Keeping a near complete set of Australian decimal and predecimal coins is great fun.

I am only missing about 15 coins, except for the 50c and $1 in which I am missing quite a few.

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 Posted 04/05/2022  09:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add squaremealroundplate to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Machin

the 1995 Platypus 20c is also a Mint Set only coin along with 2007 $1 MoR's. The 1991 10c could also be ( close ) to Mint set only.

I haven't come across any 2004 pointy "A's" 20c from change for over 12 years or so although all 2004 UNC mint sets have them.

Never a 2004 pointy "A's " 50c from circulation. As far as I understand only about half of the 2004 UNC sets have them which is only around 32,000 in existance.

There are a few other coins which are Mint Set only like the 2012 $2 ? I have a complete updated list to 2021 somewhere.

trying to get all circulating denomination coins from circulation is one very interesting journey your about to undertake - good luck.

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With the 20c and 5c varieties, generally I found the London coins easy - but the Welsh and or Canadian ones are hard.

Will be great fun to see this pan out.

Because they don't circulate anymore, I am assuming that is why you are not going to bother with the 1c and 2c?

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 Posted 04/06/2022  02:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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the 1995 Platypus 20c is also a Mint Set only coin along with 2007 $1 MoR's


That's right but at least they issued a commemorate coin in their place.


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Because they don't circulate anymore, I am assuming that is why you are not going to bother with the 1c and 2c?


Yep, if they are not in circulation I can't get them from the bank at face value to noodle.
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 Posted 04/06/2022  07:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I moved this post from the 20 cent thread because it has more to do with general noodling than 20 cents.


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Excuse my ignorance ,you state you got a $100 bag? .
Is the 'bag' from the Comm Bank and just loose coins?
I can only get rolls of coins from the machine in the wall.


Banks and security companies bundle coins in certain amounts:

5c, 10c, 20c - $100
50c - $200
$1 - $500
$2 - $2000

Banks order coin in either rolls or sachets (5c come in $2 rolls/sachets; 10c and 20c in $4; 50c in $10; $1 in $20 and $2 coins come in rolls/sachets of $50) which are bundled into the amounts listed above in either bags of sachets or shrink-wrapped bundles of rolls. It costs banks money to order these in so sometimes they get grumpy when you ask for them.

The rolls you get out of the "machine in the wall" come from these bundles of rolls.

Alternatively, if the bank branch has a coin deposit machine, bags of each denomination get filled with the amounts above, loose in the big bag that bank staff seal and put aside to return to armaguard or whoever to roll them or put them in sachets.

Banks are only too happy to give these bags fresh off the coin deposit machine to customers seeking coins because they don't have to pay to get them removed or brought in.

$100 bundle of 5 cent rolls (from Westpac)


$100 bag of 10 cent sachets (from Suncorp)


$200 bag of loose 50 cent coins fresh off the coin deposit machine (from Commonwealth Bank)

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 Posted 04/07/2022  3:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add crab eater to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the detailed reply to my question MachinMachinMan, Cheers.
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 Posted 04/09/2022  02:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It's been a busy week. Over 3000 coins noodled and almost 300 different coins found. The preliminary rounds of noodling have been completed leaving mainly key dates, coloured $2 and A-Z $1 left to find.



Of course a lot of the coins I have found are in need of upgrading to better grades. If only all coins were in such magnificent condition as this 2006 dollar coin I found today!


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Over 3000 coins noodled and almost 300 different coins found.
Fantastic!
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 Posted 04/11/2022  8:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Its going well. Are you worried though the honeymoon period will end when you have like only 1 or 2 of each coin to go and you are hunting down rarities like 1988 20 cent pieces and the 1985 10 cent piece.

Just asking as I know the banks there can be hostile towards noodlers at time, selling you $200 worth of 10 cent pieces and having to accept back $197.90 or something afterwards.

What is the plan going forward once you have 99% of everything?

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 Posted 04/11/2022  11:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Are you worried though the honeymoon period will end when you have like only 1 or 2 of each coin to go and you are hunting down rarities like 1988 20 cent


It has been generally accepted by noodlers that the 1988 20 cent coin is mint set only. (I did find one in circulation about 10 years ago). Same with the 1985 20 cent.

The mythical 1992 MOR dollar coin is also not on my list as no one has ever sighted one (in circulation or out).


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What is the plan going forward once you have 99% of everything?


I shall noodle to the bitter end. The less I find the less time I have to spend blogging about it.


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I know the banks there can be hostile towards noodlers at time, selling you $200 worth of 10 cent pieces and having to accept back $197.90 or something afterwards.


That's why you should always dump your leftovers at a different bank.
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 Posted 04/15/2022  04:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MachinMachinMan to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Some completed series of coins found so far:

2014-2018 100 Years of the ANZACs Dollar coins



2019 A, U, S privymarks Dollar coins


2020 Tokyo Olympics $2 coins


2021 Wiggles $2 coins
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