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ROYAL DOULTON BOOTHS REAL OLD WILLOW TRAY STAND FOR COFFEE AND TEA POTS MINT
ROYAL DOULTON BOOTHS REAL OLD WILLOW TRAY STAND FOR COFFEE AND TEA POTS MINT


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Royal Doulton Wendy Lady Figurine HN2109 Mint 5


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Royal Doulton English Renaissance Pattern Gravy Boat Mint


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Royal Doulton Character Figurine Bluebeard HN2105 COPR 1952 MINT CONDITION


Royal Doulton Animals 2005 Robin RDA98 Mint Made In England
Royal Doulton Animals 2005 Robin RDA98 Mint Made In England


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Kevin Francis Toby Jug Character Mug President John F Kennedy 9 1 4 Tall Mint


ROYAL DOULTON BOOTHS REAL OLD WILLOW SET OF 3 BUD VASES ALL IN MINT CONDITION
ROYAL DOULTON BOOTHS REAL OLD WILLOW SET OF 3 BUD VASES ALL IN MINT CONDITION


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Royal Doulton Winston Churchill Small 3 1 2 Toby Mug Jug Mint


ROYAL DOULTON BOOTHS REAL OLD WILLOW SET OF SALT  PEPPER SHAKERS MINT CONDITION
ROYAL DOULTON BOOTHS REAL OLD WILLOW SET OF SALT PEPPER SHAKERS MINT CONDITION


2 Vintage Royal Doulton China Sarabande Cream Soup  Saucers H5023 Mint
2 Vintage Royal Doulton China Sarabande Cream Soup Saucers H5023 Mint


Royal Doulton Solitude Figurine HN 2810 Retired 1983 MINT
Royal Doulton Solitude Figurine HN 2810 Retired 1983 MINT


Royal Doulton Paisley Shawl HN 1988 6 1 2in Figurine Excellent Mint Condition
Royal Doulton Paisley Shawl HN 1988 6 1 2in Figurine Excellent Mint Condition


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Royal doulton real old willow vase Mint Condition


1976 Royal Doulton figurine Eventide Granny sewing quilt motif Mint
1976 Royal Doulton figurine Eventide Granny sewing quilt motif Mint


ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE Picinic HN 2308 1965 88 MINT
ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE Picinic HN 2308 1965 88 MINT


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Mint Art Deco Flapper Girl Cat Royal Doulton Figurine HARRIET 3796 HAND SIGNED


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MINT Art Deco Deer Girl Royal Doulton Figurine CONSTANCE 3933 HAND SIGNED


Royal Doulton RARE figurine Prototype Penny in Unique colorway Mint
Royal Doulton RARE figurine Prototype Penny in Unique colorway Mint


ROYAL DOULTON  FAT BOY  35 CHARACTOR JUG Old A Mark ++ MINT ++
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Royal Doulton Figurine Harlequin HN 2186 Mint Cond
Royal Doulton Figurine Harlequin HN 2186 Mint Cond


Royal Doulton Figurine Monte Carlo HN 2332 Limited ed Mint Cond
Royal Doulton Figurine Monte Carlo HN 2332 Limited ed Mint Cond


Royal Doulton Figurine Teatime NH 2255 7 1 4 tall Mint Condition
Royal Doulton Figurine Teatime NH 2255 7 1 4 tall Mint Condition


Royal Doulton The Lobster Man D6652 Var 1 Miniature Size Character Jug Mint
Royal Doulton The Lobster Man D6652 Var 1 Miniature Size Character Jug Mint


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Royal Doulton Mad Hatter D6606 Miniature Character Jug RARE ETC Version and Mint


Royal Doulton Figurine Genevieve HN 1962 7 tall Mint Condition
Royal Doulton Figurine Genevieve HN 1962 7 tall Mint Condition


Royal Doulton The Viking D6526 Miniature Character Jug Rare  Mint
Royal Doulton The Viking D6526 Miniature Character Jug Rare Mint


Royal Doulton The Fortune Teller D6523 Miniature Size Character Jug Rare Mint
Royal Doulton The Fortune Teller D6523 Miniature Size Character Jug Rare Mint


ROYAL Doulton Valencia Fruit Dessert Bowl Set of 3 Mint
ROYAL Doulton Valencia Fruit Dessert Bowl Set of 3 Mint


Royal Doulton Punch and Judy Man D6596 Miniature Size Character Jug Rare Mint
Royal Doulton Punch and Judy Man D6596 Miniature Size Character Jug Rare Mint


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Royal Doulton The Collector D6796 Large Character Jug Limited Edition


Established in 1854, the Sydney Mint is known as Australia’s first mint. But in fact there was an earlier coin manufactory in New South Wales.

Two hundred years ago in 1812, Governor Lachlan Macquarie secured 40,000 Spanish dollars to help solve the chronic shortage of coins in the young colony. The task of re-minting them was given to convict forger William Henshall.

The new coins were probably prepared in a workshop in the basement of a building known as the Factory. Its Bridge Street location was shared with a lumber yard containing all the “requisite workshops and covered in saw-pits for the mechanics and artificers in the immediate service of government”.

Here then was the ‘industrial’ heart of the new colony where the technology, equipment and craftsmen needed to heat, cut and counter-stamp coins were located.

Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s reports reveal that the required coining machinery was difficult to make and at first proved “defective, but eventually it was working, stamping out of the centre of each dollar a ‘dump’ equal to about one-quarter of the coin and given a local valuation of 1s 3d, leaving the ‘ring’ valued at 5s.”

So the ‘Factory’ was effectively Australia’s first mint, with Henshall Australia’s first mint master.

Five years after Cutty Sark was ravaged by fire, the much-loved sailing ship re-opened in Greenwich last week following a $78 million restoration project.

The sleek-lined clipper was built in 1869 in Scotland for the tea trade, an intensely competitive race across the globe from China to London.

Cutty Sark waits in Sydney Harbour for Australian wool.

But the opening of the Suez Canal and rise of steam shipping cut short the age of the great China tea clippers.

In 1883, Cutty Sark began a new phase of her career, finding an edge in transporting wool from Australia to Britain.

Taking a dangerous southerly course to catch the strong westerly winds of the Roaring Forties, Cutty Sark dodged icebergs and fought gales to achieve her extraordinary times.

In 1885 she set a record of just 73 days for the passage from Sydney to London.

As the last of the tea clippers, Cutty Sark is a unique reminder of the fastest sailing ships once famous around the globe. As people in Britain celebrate her renewal, it is serendipitous that Ships That Changed The World should wrap-up this month with a superb silver coin commemorating her legendary status and important role in Australian history.

 

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