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1980

USNS-AVR-B 001


Year issued: 1-10-1980 (undated)
Printer:
Quantity:
Dimensions:  160 x 79 mm
Denomination: 1 Avram
Varieties:

Series AA

Series AB

Series AB, counterstamped “sample”

Front

Back

USNS-AVR-B 002


Year issued: 1-10-1980 (undated)
Printer:
Quantity:
Dimensions:  163 x82 mm
Denomination: 3 Avrams
Varieties:

Series AA

Series AB

Series AB, counterstamped “sample”

Front

Back

USNS-AVR-B 003


Year issued: 1-10-1980 (undated)
Printer:
Quantity:
Dimensions:  165 x 85 mm
Denomination: 5 Avrams
Varieties:

Series AA

Series AB

Series AB, counterstamped “sample”

Front

Back

USNS-AVR-B 004


Year issued: 1-10-1980 (undated)
Printer:
Quantity:
Dimensions:  169 x 89 mm
Denomination: 7 Avrams
Varieties:

Series AA

Series AB

Series AB, counterstamped “sample”

Front

Back

USNS-AVR-B 005


Year issued: 1-10-1980 (undated)
Printer:
Quantity:
Dimensions:  171 x 91 mm
Denomination: 15 Avrams
Varieties:

Series AA

Series AB

Series AB, counterstamped “sample”

Front

Back

1981

USNS-AVR-B 006


Year issued: 29-7-1981
Printer:
Quantity:
Dimensions:  160 x 79 mm
Denomination: 25 Avrams
Varieties:

Series C

Series D

Series D, counterstamped “sample”

Front

Back

1982

USNS-AVR-C 001

Year: 1982
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 271 pcs.
Weight: 1.45 grams

Diameter:  14 mm
Denomination:
1 Ducal
Edge type: Plain

 

Historic Rudge Arms

 

Duchy of Avram

1982

USNS-AVR-C 002

Year: 1982
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 274 pcs.
Weight: 2.55 grams

Diameter:  17.5 mm
Denomination:
3 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

Rudge Arms

Duchy of Avram

1982

USNS-AVR-C 003

Year: 1982
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 273 pcs.
Weight: 3.60 grams

Diameter:  20 mm
Denomination:
7 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Earl of Enoch Arms

Duchy of Avram

1982

USNS-AVR-C 004

Year: 1982
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 276 pcs.
Weight: 4.80 grams

Diameter:  22.5 mm
Denomination:
15 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Royal See Arms

Duchy of Avram

1982

USNS-AVR-C 005

Year: 1982
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 276 pcs.
Weight: 6.40 grams

Diameter:  25 mm
Denomination:
30 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Duke of Avram Arms

Duchy of Avram

1982

USNS-AVR-C 006

Year: 1982
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 269 pcs.
Weight: 9,85 grams

Diameter:  30 mm
Denomination:
75 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Marquis of Mathra Arms

Duchy of Avram

1982

1985

USNS-AVR-C 007

Year: 1985
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 1.70 grams

Diameter:  14 mm
Denomination:
1 Ducal
Edge type: Plain

 

 

Historic Rudge Arms

 

Duchy of Avram

1985

USNS-AVR-C 008

Year: 1985
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 2.55 grams

Diameter:  17.5 mm
Denomination:
3 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

Rudge Arms

Duchy of Avram

1985

USNS-AVR-C 009

Year: 1985
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 4.35 grams

Diameter:  20 mm
Denomination:
7 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Earl of Enoch Arms

Duchy of Avram

1985

USNS-AVR-C 010

Year: 1985
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 5.15 grams

Diameter:  22.5 mm
Denomination:
15 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Royal See Arms

Duchy of Avram

1985

USNS-AVR-C 011

Year: 1985
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 6.50 grams

Diameter:  25 mm
Denomination:
30 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Duke of Avram Arms

Duchy of Avram

1985

USNS-AVR-C 012

Year: 1985
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 10.20 grams

Diameter:  30 mm
Denomination:
75 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Marquis of Mathra Arms

Duchy of Avram

1985

1990

USNS-AVR-C 013

Year: 1990
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 0.85 grams

Diameter:  12 mm
Denomination:
1 Ducal
Edge type: Plain

The Lord Rama Arms

 

Grand Duchy of Avram

1990

USNS-AVR-C 014

Year: 1990
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 2.15 grams

Diameter:  16.5 mm
Denomination:
3 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Viscount Ulom Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

1990

USNS-AVR-C 015

Year: 1990
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 3.50 grams

Diameter:  19 mm
Denomination:
7 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Grand Duke of Avram Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

1990

USNS-AVR-C 016

Year: 1990
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 4.85 grams

Diameter: 22.5 mm
Denomination:
15 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

Cardinal Archbishop Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

1990

USNS-AVR-C 017

Year: 1990
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 6.75 grams

Diameter: 26.5 mm
Denomination:
30 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

Royal Bank of Avram Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

1990

USNS-AVR-C 018

Year: 1990
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 12.45 grams

Diameter: 30 mm
Denomination:
75 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Royal See Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

1990

2000

USNS-AVR-C 019

Year: 2000
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 0.85 grams

Diameter:  12 mm
Denomination:
1 Ducal
Edge type: Plain

The Lord Rama Arms

 

Grand Duchy of Avram

2000

USNS-AVR-C 020

Year: 2000
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 2.15 grams

Diameter:  16.5 mm
Denomination:
3 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Viscount Ulom Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

2000

USNS-AVR-C 021

Year: 2000
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 2.95 grams

Diameter:  19 mm
Denomination:
7 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Grand Duke of Avram Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram 2000

USNS-AVR-C 022

Year: 2000
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 4.65 grams

Diameter:  22.5 mm
Denomination:
15 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

Cardinal Archbishop Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

2000

USNS-AVR-C 023

Year: 2000
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 7.75 grams

Diameter: 26.5 mm
Denomination:
30 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

Royal Bank of Avram Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

2000

USNS-AVR-C 024

Year: 2000
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 11.40 grams

Diameter: 30 mm
Denomination:
75 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Royal See Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

2000

2005

USNS-AVR-C 025

Year: 2005
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 1.05 grams

Diameter:  12 mm
Denomination:
1 Ducal
Edge type: Plain

The Lord Rama Arms

 

Grand Duchy of Avram

2005

USNS-AVR-C 026

Year: 2005
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 2.25 grams

Diameter:  16.5 mm
Denomination:
3 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Viscount Ulom Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

2005

USNS-AVR-C 027

Year: 2005
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 3.50 grams

Diameter:  19 mm
Denomination:
7 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Grand Duke of Avram Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

2005

USNS-AVR-C 028

Year: 2005
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 5.00 grams

Diameter:  22.5 mm
Denomination:
15 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

Cardinal Archbishop Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

2005

USNS-AVR-C 029

Year: 2005
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 6.65 grams

Diameter: 26.5 mm
Denomination:
30 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

Royal Bank of Avram Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

2005

USNS-AVR-C 030

Year: 2005
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 11.60 grams

Diameter: 30 mm
Denomination:
75 Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Royal See Arms

Grand Duchy of Avram

2005

USNS-AVR-C 031

Year: 2005
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 15.10 grams

Diameter: 34.5 mm
Denomination:
150 Grand Ducals
Edge type: Plain

The Grand Duke of Avram Arms

The Grand Duchy of Avram

2005

USNS-AVR-C 032

Year: 2005
Metal: Goldine plated, Enameled
Condition:  Unc
Designer:
Mint: 
Mintage: 250 pcs.
Weight: 19.50 grams

Diameter: 40 mm
Denomination:
250 Grand Ducals
Edge type: Plain

Cardinal Archbishop Arms

The Grand Duchy of Avram

2005

 

The Grand Duchy of Avram is one of several self-declared Australian micro-nations; based in Tasmania and founded on October 1, 1980 by Prince John, the Grand Duke of Avram. Prince John’s 1981 doctoral thesis for Business Administration and Civil Law was entitled “How to Form and Operate Your Own Bank in Australia”, which he implemented when he opened the Royal Bank of Avram (which offers all the bona-fide conventional banking services, and whose shop is very popular with tourists). The Australian government became furious with this venture, claiming he had broken Australian banking laws. They took legal action, which was instituted by the Treasurer and authorized in writing by the Cabinet. In March of 1985 the Federal Police, armed with warrants, raided his house and a branch office, seizing his privately printed banknotes and coins. They tried to close down the entire operation, but in December of 1986 the Court eventually ruled that Avram's coins were not illegal in the Commonwealth and dismissed all 6 cases at a cost of approximately 22 million to the taxpayers (compared to the Grand Duke's total cost of $175, and apart from the damage it caused to his reputation with the local population).

In 1989, Prince John was elected as a member of the Tasmanian Parliament, representing the seat of Lyons. He was also Deputy Mayor of Sorell and is currently a serving councillor for the Sorell Council.

 

© 2005, USNS / C.D. Shiboleth.

Information and scans courtesy of  E.V. McCrea, C.D. Shiboleth and The Royal Bank of Avram