2009 Australia Post Bicentenary First Post Office and Early Posting Box Two Coin Set

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Beautifully presented in a wooden box, these two coins have been struck by the Royal Australian Mint for Australia Post to celebrate 200 years of postal services in Australia.

The Pad Printed Australia Post Bicentenary Five Dollar Coin design depicts Isaac Nichol’s Sydney house where he became Australia ’s first Postmaster in 1809 – a position he held until 1819. The artwork on the coin is taken from a photograph in “History of the Post Office in New South Wales ” by Andrew Houison, Sydney, 1890.

The Australia Post Bicentenary One Dollar Coin design features an early posting box like the “Red Sentinels” posting boxes which have stood guard on the streets of cities and towns in Australia for over 150 years. In 1856, the first cast-iron street posting boxes were installed on Sydney ’s streets. Prior to this, the public handed in their letters at a post office or to a postman on his delivery rounds.
Cast-iron posting boxes were designed in a wide range of shapes and sizes.

This set comes with a numbered certificate and is limited to only 7,200 sets being released.


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