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4 ROYAL DOULTON STUDIO SALAD PLATES ROUGE MINT CONDITION
4 ROYAL DOULTON STUDIO SALAD PLATES ROUGE MINT CONDITION


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


ROYAL DOULTON SWEET SEVENTEEN Figurinedoll HN 2734 MINT
ROYAL DOULTON SWEET SEVENTEEN Figurinedoll HN 2734 MINT


beautiful MINT vintage Czechoslovakia SET OF 12 DINNER PLATES with Free S H
beautiful MINT vintage Czechoslovakia SET OF 12 DINNER PLATES with Free S H


1995 ROYAL DOULTON FRANKLIN MINT THE LEGENDARY BABE RUTH PLATE HB5223
1995 ROYAL DOULTON FRANKLIN MINT THE LEGENDARY BABE RUTH PLATE HB5223


ROYAL DOULTON THE BEDTIME STORY HN 2059 MOM  CHILDREN MOTHERS DAY GIFT MINT
ROYAL DOULTON THE BEDTIME STORY HN 2059 MOM CHILDREN MOTHERS DAY GIFT MINT


ROYAL DOULTON HORSE MERELY A MINOR HN 2571 RARE MINT
ROYAL DOULTON HORSE MERELY A MINOR HN 2571 RARE MINT


ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE Home Again HN 2167 1956 95 MINT
ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE Home Again HN 2167 1956 95 MINT


VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON JESTER CHINA FIGURINE MINT CONDITION
VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON JESTER CHINA FIGURINE MINT CONDITION


Vtg Royal Doulton Figurine BO PEEP 5 HN 1811 Made In England 1932 1959 MINT
Vtg Royal Doulton Figurine BO PEEP 5 HN 1811 Made In England 1932 1959 MINT


Vtg Royal Doulton Figurine LAVINIA HN 1955 Made In England MINT
Vtg Royal Doulton Figurine LAVINIA HN 1955 Made In England MINT


Royal Doulton Charles Dickens D6901 Small Character Jug Limited Edition
Royal Doulton Charles Dickens D6901 Small Character Jug Limited Edition


1952 Royal Doulton HN2105 Blue Beard Figurine Mint Condition No Reserve
1952 Royal Doulton HN2105 Blue Beard Figurine Mint Condition No Reserve


Royal Doulton Diana HN 2468 Peggy Davies 1985 Mint condition perfect Condition
Royal Doulton Diana HN 2468 Peggy Davies 1985 Mint condition perfect Condition


Royal Doulton Figurine Cissie  HN 1809 5 tall  Mint Condition
Royal Doulton Figurine Cissie HN 1809 5 tall Mint Condition


Vintage Beautiful Royal Doulton Dachshund Ch Shrewd Saint MINT CONDITION
Vintage Beautiful Royal Doulton Dachshund Ch Shrewd Saint MINT CONDITION


ROYAL DOULTON FAT BOY 4 1 4 FIGURINE M44 MINT CONDITION
ROYAL DOULTON FAT BOY 4 1 4 FIGURINE M44 MINT CONDITION


Royal Doulton Figurine The Leisure Hour  HN2055 7 Mint Condition
Royal Doulton Figurine The Leisure Hour HN2055 7 Mint Condition


Royal Doulton Carolyn Figurine HN2112 Retired 1965 Beautiful MINT 1952
Royal Doulton Carolyn Figurine HN2112 Retired 1965 Beautiful MINT 1952


VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON COLLECTOR PLATE LITTLE MORETON HALL TC 1031 MINT
VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON COLLECTOR PLATE LITTLE MORETON HALL TC 1031 MINT


Extremely Rare Small Royal Doulton Discontinued Regency Beau Character JugMint
Extremely Rare Small Royal Doulton Discontinued Regency Beau Character JugMint


Royal Doulton Figurine Wistful  HN 2396 6 1 2 Mint Condition
Royal Doulton Figurine Wistful HN 2396 6 1 2 Mint Condition


Royal Doulton Miss Muffet HN 1936 5 1 2in Figurine Excellent Mint Condition
Royal Doulton Miss Muffet HN 1936 5 1 2in Figurine Excellent Mint Condition


ROYAL DOULTON BRAMBLY HEDGE 4 SEASONS COLLECTORS PLATES 1982 Mint
ROYAL DOULTON BRAMBLY HEDGE 4 SEASONS COLLECTORS PLATES 1982 Mint


Royal Doulton Ravenna Cream  Sugar w Lid Mint Condition
Royal Doulton Ravenna Cream Sugar w Lid Mint Condition


Royal Doulton 1965 Figurine THE LAST WALTZ Dressed in Yellow MINT
Royal Doulton 1965 Figurine THE LAST WALTZ Dressed in Yellow MINT


Vintage ROYAL DOULTON England Pottery TOBY mug The MIKADO 1958 MINT D6507
Vintage ROYAL DOULTON England Pottery TOBY mug The MIKADO 1958 MINT D6507


8 Royal Doulton Tonkin TC 1107 Small Berry Dessert Fruit Bowls MINT
8 Royal Doulton Tonkin TC 1107 Small Berry Dessert Fruit Bowls MINT


Royal Doulton M FigurineThe Paisley Shawl Mint Condition
Royal Doulton M FigurineThe Paisley Shawl Mint Condition


RARE Royal Doulton Queen of the Ice Figurine HN2435 Enchantment Collection MINT
RARE Royal Doulton Queen of the Ice Figurine HN2435 Enchantment Collection MINT


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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