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Re: Australasia and Oceania: The Southern Cross and Other Stars
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2013, 10:44:46 PM »
Nauru, 1 dollar, 1993 and 2009.  Collector coins.  Nauru uses the Australian dollar.

The flag of Nauru features a star indicating the location of country, just south of the Equator.

The shield of the coat of arms is divided and separated in the middle. In the upper section the alchemical symbol of phosphorus is shown over a golden woven background. The lower silver section depicts a black frigatebird, which sits on a perch over blue ocean waves. The lower right section is blue and contains a branch of calophyllum flowers. The shield is surrounded by images of tribal chief gear, which was worn to ceremonies - ropes from palm leaves, feathers of the frigatebird and shark teeth. The star centered above the shield is taken from the flag. The ribbon above it bears the name of the island in Micronesian Nauruan: Naoero.

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Re: Australasia and Oceania: The Southern Cross and Other Stars
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2013, 10:51:53 PM »
Palau, 5 dollars.  Collector coin. 

Palau is self-governing, in free association with the USA. It uses the US dollar.

The Palau flag represents a yellow moon on a pale blue background. The Palau coat of arms, which is really just a seal, does not include stars or a sun of any kind. However, the obverse of the collector coin shown above includes an unknown star or sun. This obverse has been used on several collector coins, but it does not seem to represent any official emblem of Palau.

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Re: Australasia and Oceania: The Southern Cross and Other Stars
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2013, 10:56:02 PM »


Cocos (Keeling) Islands.  Official 5 dollar token.

The Islands are a Territory of Australia. They use the Australian dollar.  I do not know what the stars on these tokens represent.

The flag of the Islands, seen below, includes the Southern Cross.

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Re: Australasia and Oceania: The Southern Cross and Other Stars
« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2013, 11:13:15 PM »






Brazil, 25 centavos, 2005.



Curiously, there is one other country that uses the Southern Cross on its coins, and it is not located in Australasia or Oceania. The large star often seen on the coins of Brazil is taken from the Brazilian coat of arms. Within that star, the smaller stars represent the constellation of the Southern Cross.

During its various currency changes, Brazil has often used the cruzeiro, from the word cruz, meaning cross. This currency name is a reference to the Southern Cross itself.

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Re: Australasia and Oceania: The Southern Cross and Other Stars
« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2013, 08:57:16 PM »
The Federated States of Micronesia, 1 dollar, 2004.  This is a collector coin only.

Micronesia is a self-governing state, in free association with the USA. It uses the US dollar.

The four stars on the coin represent the states in the federation: Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae and Yap.

Sometimes, Micronesia issues collector coins with both designs, with and without stars on the obverse

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Re: Australasia and Oceania: The Southern Cross and Other Stars
« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2013, 04:23:53 PM »
Australia, $5, 2012.  Dome-shaped coin. The Southern Cross is shown as a celestial image, while the rim of the coin features a compass design.

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Re: Australasia and Oceania: The Southern Cross and Other Stars
« Reply #21 on: December 25, 2014, 05:42:55 PM »


Australia, 1 shilling, 1938.



Remember the Australian seven-pointed Commonwealth star, as seen above? Below is another one, on the New Guinea shilling of 1935.
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Re: Australasia and Oceania: The Southern Cross and Other Stars
« Reply #22 on: June 02, 2015, 10:35:28 PM »






Cook Islands, 5 dollars, 2015.  This catamaran is known locally as a vaka.  And look at those stars! A wonderful design.

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Re: Australasia and Oceania: The Southern Cross and Other Stars
« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2015, 10:51:09 PM »


Brazil, 2000 reis, 1900.  A generic Portuguese carrack (nau) from the fleet of Pedro Alvares Cabral.  And look at the Southern Cross. I really think the South Americans should pay a fee to Australia and New Zealand for stealing the concept of the Southern Cross.

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Re: Australasia and Oceania: The Southern Cross and Other Stars
« Reply #24 on: October 10, 2015, 01:56:06 AM »
The best Brazillian depiction in my view is on the 40 reis 1889-1912


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Re: Australasia and Oceania: The Southern Cross and Other Stars
« Reply #25 on: October 10, 2015, 02:03:38 AM »
Nice one. I can't remember seeing this one before.

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Re: Australasia and Oceania: The Southern Cross and Other Stars
« Reply #26 on: October 12, 2015, 12:30:53 PM »
Brazil: 2 pattern pieces from 1941, in silver (large "2") and nickel silver (small "2"). The actual piece, with a small "2", was not released until 1942. Images courtesy of sixbid.com.