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    Posted 6 years ago

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    There is a bit of family history here. After WWII ended my father completed his civil engineering degree as a mature student and one of his first jobs was in New Guinea, helping make roads to mountain villages. At that time New Guinea was an Australian administered territory and it was relatively common for Australians to be seconded to work there. My parents had only recently married but Mum stayed in Australia until my brother was born in 1951.
    Whilst in New Guinea Dad had this necklace, earrings, and bracelet made for my mother. The coins themselves have been silver plated but the chain and findings have tested as silver. I do recall Mum wearing these in the 1960s.
    The coins date from 1935 to 1949.

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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      Your OOAK jewelry has such great memories!
    2. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 6 years ago
      How wonderful Karen, they must be very special to you. I love when people post family history pieces.

      Thanks for posting...
    3. lentilka11, 6 years ago
      Love it, and your family story as well!
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 6 years ago
      What a great set and the story behind it is even more wonderful! Thank you for sharing!
    5. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks Bonnie, these do:)
    6. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Judy I like the family things that are probably close to worthless monetarily but mean more than that. I really have very little of it.
    7. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks Lentilka and Scott for the love and comments. I appreciate that you liked the jewellery and the history!
    8. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 6 years ago
      I know what you mean Karen, the really special pieces that have so much sentimental value are priceless. I have very little of it too.....
    9. NevadaBlades, 6 years ago
      Priceless, both the jewelry and family story.
    10. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks, Thomas, I appreciate your love and comment.

      Val, I thought it was an interesting idea. Maybe because the coins were a nice shape with the holes in them this was an idea that others in PNG did too. Thanks for the love.

      Thanks, Blade. One of the few bits of jewellery from my side of the family so I love them too.
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      Are you sure those coins are not silver ???

    12. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Excellent question Kevin. I remember them getting silver plated at one stage in the 1980s at Dad's request which is why I said they were plated.
      I checked the coins out on a coin site and they apparently are silver , equivalent to 0.19 troy ounces each . I'm not sure of the purity.
      Possibly this is why they were chosen for the jewellery in the first place.
    13. betweenthelens betweenthelens, 6 years ago
      What wonderful provenance!
    14. Bettyb00 Bettyb00, 6 years ago
      I allways enjoy reading your wonderful family history racer4four:)
      Love the jewellery too!
    15. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Thanks between the lens. Knowing about them is a very good thing.

      Thanks so much Betty. I really need to write some stuff down for my kids so they know a bit of history too.

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