Skip to main content
Hide Articles List

30 articles on this Page

THE FIRST GOLD COINS STRUCK…

News
Cite
Share

THE FIRST GOLD COINS STRUCK IN AUSTRALIA. The Melbourne Argus the curiosities displayed in the Souih Australian Court of the Melbourne Exhibition, remarks:— Another and a historical curiosity » a eouple of gold tokens, each worth one sovereign, which "present the first coins ever struck in Australia, the Adelaide- Assay-* ffioe having preceded the Sydney int. They remind the beholder of a time when by extraordmary vigilance and energy the South Australian Govern- ment managed to save the country from the compara- tive ruin which threatened to be the consequence of the migration of an enormous number of the popula- tion to the Victoria gold-fields in 1852. The whole story is too long to tell here, and it will be sum :ient now to state that in the scarcity of lIovere;gn., the great desirableness of a free circulating medium in Adelaide, and the probability that notes would not be accepted in payment for gold, the government issued these tokens, which, by act of council, were made a legal tender. They were coined from Victorian gold by Mr. Babbage, then government assayer, with self- feeding machinery connived by him, and made in Adelaide, and are handsome coins, the edges being well-milled. The gold was reduced by con per alloy to the Mint standard of 22 carats, and the weight of each token is 5 dwes. 15 grs. The price of the gold in South Australia then was 31. 12s. an ounce, so that the « 8 ^ko sent them home in quantity made immense ont of tho difference between the colonial price 9d. which was the ruling price in were never much needed, it seems, » notes were freely taken and often ^it,dom of the ruling powers in making A.L1r5 £ ts bearing the stamp of the Grovenini« y lfi.ee a legal tender effectually m,t the crisis.

--TOPICS OF THE DAY.

PROTESTING AGAINST RITUALISTIC…

A PROTEST TBOM SUFFOLK.

THE DOG TAX.

PRESIDENT JOHSNON'S LEVEE.

SUICIDE OF A CHEMIST. -

THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY.

A DISPUTE ABOUT ANCIENT RELICS.

A CAUTION TO THE~~LADIES!

IPREVALENCE OF SMALL-POX.

A ROYAL SKATING PARTY.

FAVOURITE DAYS FOR MARRIAGE.…

--AN EXTRAORDINARY CHARGE…

,ALL IN HIS EYE?

THE PEABODY BENEFACTION. -

DEATH OF SIR GEORGE SMART.

THE SHORT TIME MOVEMENT.

THE GREAT FRENCH EXHIBITION.

THE PROSPECTS OF REFORM.

THE LAST GREAT JOB! -

PETITIONS TO THE HOUSE OF…

AN AMERICAN VIEW OF THINGS.

THE "RELIGIOUS DIFFICULTY"…

RIFLE PRACTICE IN JAMAICA!

THE EXACTING YOUNG LADY!

FEMALE EMIGRATION.

DISMAL ELECTIONEERING! -

A LONG-SUFFERING MILKMAN!

THE MARKETS. -