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1887 Queen Victoria Jubliee Coin Savings Bank Ballarat

 
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 Posted 02/19/2020  05:02 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add jason3011 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi all

Have some coins passed down from my grandfather and father to me. Most have been sitting in a draw for the past 40-50years+.

Appreciate any advice you can provide on this coin

I have another coin from 1897 which I will post separately

Also not sure if Ballaarat spelling is a mistake or how it was spelt at the time?

Regards

Jason

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 Posted 02/19/2020  10:28 am  Show Profile   Check silverwolf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverwolf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is not a coin, it is a medal/token, and it is damaged by the hole someone put in it..
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 Posted 02/19/2020  5:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is indeed a medal . It has not been damaged by the hole, as that is how they were made. I will look it up in the Carlisle medal catalogue when I get home from work, if no-one else has.

As for the spelling of "Ballarat" with the double-A, this was normal at the time; the original farmers who settled the area where the city is now, named their homestead "Ballaarat", with the double-A; no-one really seems to know the origin of the name (some say it's Aboriginal, some Gaelic-derived). It can be found with both the single-A and double-A spellings. Though the Railway and the Post Office both adopted the single-A spelling from the beginning, The City Council did not formally adopt the single-A spelling until 1996; the pre-amalgamation City of Ballaarat held that name from 1855 to 1994; the surrounding Shire of Ballarat had the other spelling.
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 Posted 02/19/2020  10:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jason3011 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the info and looking into it. Much appreciated
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 Posted 02/22/2020  08:08 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sorry, I forgot about this one until just now.

The medal is listed in the Carlisle book as number C1887/73, with an original mintage of 1000 pieces. It does not say who commissioned them or why, but it seems logical the Ballaarat Savings Bank ordered them and gave them out to customers as a souvenir of the queen's golden jubilee. Records kept by the manufacturer, Stokes and Martin, indicate the order of 1000 medals cost 9/5/-.

As to rarity and value, while Victoria Golden Jubilee pieces are generally quite common, this one is slightly scarcer than average and is listed at Au$40 in the 2008 price guide (the most recent one produced).
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