The Australian Numismatic Society
Philatelic Numismatic Covers
by Rod Sell.
What is a PNC.
PNCs are coin covers. The
rest of the
world call them coin
covers. We call them Philatelic,
Numismatic Covers or PNCs for short.
The first Australian PNC issued by
the RAM and Australia Post was in 1994 with the Year of the Family 50
coin. Members may remember this 50c
coin with the stick figures. We later
discovered that the 50c Year of the Family coin had two varieties. The one with a wider space in 1994 was the
scarcer variety. However the coins with
the narrower 1994 are the scarcer variety in the PNCs.
Mintage for both is 148,393
In 1995 the PNC was Australia Remembers with the Weary Dunlop 50cent.
My first PNC was a coin cover issued
by Australia Post & the RAM in 1997 for Living Legends featuring
Bradman. It contained a $5 bimetallic
coin of Don Bradman. The $5 Bradman
bimetallic had been issued in 1996.
obtain one with the 1997 date you had to purchase the PNC.
Mintage is 275,000
PNCs continued to be issued with a
few each year. It was only since 2000
that they have become very collectable as many of the enclosed coins
are only available from these covers.
The year 2000 For Valour - Victoria
Cross $1 coin was issued in a special mint pack and also in a PNC.
This coin is very difficult to obtain and
the PNCs now sell for $350. Mintage
Military related PNCs are very
popular and thus more difficult to obtain.
In 2000 a $1 coin was issued for The
Last Anzacs. It was issued in a special
pack and also in a PNC.
PNC mintage was
47,830 it now sells for $125
2001 was the Centenary of Federation
and thus the Centenary of the Australian Army and Navy. Centenary $1
issued in a pack for each Service, as well as in an Army PNC. PNC mintage was 27,209 and it now sells for
2002 saw the 50th
Anniversary of the Queen’s Accession. A
special 50 cent coin was struck and was to be released into general
circulation. A PNC was released with
the coin. The coin was never released
into circulation as there were sufficient 50c coins in stock, so the
the only way to get one for your collection.
This coin now sells for over $300.
In 2005 a World Heritage PNC was
issued by the Royal Mint & RAM, together with Australia Post and
Mail. The cover featured stamps of
Heritage sites in Australia and the UK.
The coins were the Australian Coat of Arms 50c and UK 50p. Neither of these coins was issued for
general circulation. This 2005 standard Australian 50c is only
the PNC as the 50c coins in circulation were for the 60th
Anniversary of the End of WW II and the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
The mintage is 30,000 with only 10,000
sale in Australia.
The Perth Mint joined the issue in 2004 with a Eureka Stockade PNC $5
The 2006 Queen's Birthday PNC featured a coloured $1 coin.
In recent years Australia Post has
limited the number of PNCs to 15,000 and this has resulted in them
on the first day of issue and an active secondary market.
2008 was the 90th Anniversary of the End of WW II and a PNC was issued.
2009 was the bicentenary of Australia
Post and they issued two PNCs to celebrate, including this one with a
$1 coin of Isaac Nichols the first postmaster.
Another 2009 PNC was for the
International Day of Astronomy, with it’s special $1 coin.
2010 was the
Centenary of Australian coins and a PNC with the C mintmark $1 coin was
November 2010 saw the running of the 150th Melbourne Cup and a PNC with
a special 50c coin was produced to mark this occasion.
I had a lot of difficulty getting a 2010
Lachlan Macquarie 200th Anniversary PNC.
It retails for over $30 and has a mintage of 15,000.
One Australian PNC that seems to get
very little mention is that for the 1st March 2011 Geelong Airshow.
It features a F-111 medal.
Mintage was only 10,000
The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year. On the 3rd
April a PNC was released for this occasion with a special 50c Diamond
The ANZAC DAY 2012 ONC included the Lest We Forget $1 coin for the
nursing staff who attended the troops.
Whilst scanning EBAY for coins covers
I discovered many on offer in the UK, which had also been issuing them
past 20 years. The Royal Mint and Royal
Mail have been producing them over the past 15 years.
In initially I only chased the ones with the bimetallic two
coins. Since then I have tried to
obtain any that I did not have.
In the UK many private First Day
Cover issuers have also produced coin covers.
The two main producers are Benham and Mercury.
They have combined coins and stamps from around the world to
produce cover that fit certain themes.
Since I collect bimetallics. I was
happy to find a series of 15 covers produced by Benham’s in 2002 for
introduction of the Euro. In 2002 when
the euro currency was introduced the 12 countries with the common
issued coins with a similar reverse.
Coins were also issued by Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican in
small numbers. I had visions that I had
found a way to obtain these coins for a reasonable price.
The 2002 Vatican set sold on EBAY for over
US$1,000 and I still don’t have any Vatican euros.
I finally managed to win all 15 sets
over a period of 6 weeks. I was
disappointed to find the Monaco set had coins from France,
the Vatican set had coins from Italy and
there was no San Marino set.
set was from ALAND an island in the Baltic Sea belonging to Finland and
I also found other coin cover series
had been issued in the 1980s.
were Coins of All Nations which was a product of the
Another series was Coins of
World which were produced for the English and German markets.
I have been advised this series was
produced in Switzerland.
Another series was issued by the WWF
and these contain stamps and silver medals for many animals.
I noticed some of the covers had different
Panther 5c & 10c stamps from Belize
Mandarin Duck 20 chon stamps from North Korea
I then discovered a Bank Note series
with Notes from all Nations. There are
several different producers with different cover sizes and formats,
although the notes
the same in many cases, probably the lowest value note available.
I always had a desire to collect War
Medals, however reality quickly set in that they were well beyond my
limited finances. So when I discovered
that Benham’s had produced a series in conjunction with the United
charity which had full sized replica medals, the hunt was on.
I now have nearly 70 covers with all the
medals. The Nile Campaign medal for the
relief of Khartoum was especially hard to find and took me many years.
A new series bt Mercury with miniatures has appeared
recently and I am in the process of finding more.
PNCs lend themselves to thematic collecting.
Football, the game with the round
ball, is a very popular theme on the covers and I must have 50 or more
from around the world. Royalty is also
very popular, and European Royalty feature on many covers.
majesty Queen Elizabeth II probably features on more PNCs than any
with several hundred PNCs.
Well that is all for now on PNCs,
though I am sure there will be very many talks on this subject in years
I have plans to catalogue my collection with scans
on the internet.
I will place the link
in the ANS Library page, when it is done.
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29th May 2012