Coin and Stamp Fair comes to Geelong West

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Geelong’s philatelic and numismatic societies come together to present their annual coin and stamp fair.

The event is part of the Victorian Seniors Festival and for many members of both groups, collecting is a lifelong hobby.

The fair will feature coin and stamp dealers and appraisals.

This year marks two important milestones in the world of currency.

It is the 100th anniversary of 1921-1922 three pence with an estimated mintage of only 900. The coin was valued at $40,000 to $175,000, according to the 2011 Coin and Stamp Guide.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Socceroos and Woolworths has released a colorful $2 coin to mark the occasion.

Jeff Harriott, a member of the Geelong Numismatic Society, said coin and stamp collecting was still popular.

“The Royal Australian Mint always releases collectibles,” he said.

“They try to keep people interested. Numismatics has seen a marked increase in the number of collectors.

“Some only collect 50-cent coins, others only two-dollar coins. Some only collect pre- or post-decimals.

“Some themes, like a Memorial Day theme, if you don’t have pre-orders, those products sell out within days or weeks.”

The fair takes place on Saturday 8th October at Geelong West Town Hall and offers free light refreshments and giveaways.

Both clubs are always looking for new members. Jeff Harriott (0401-465 075) can point you in the right direction if you want to know more about the two clubs.

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