Two young Victorian coin collectors who recently added $5 and $10 Cobar Quids to their private collection will feature in an upcoming report in the Victorian Numismatic Journal.
Eight year old Jarrah Mahoney and his six year old sister Elodie, who are both avid coin collectors and members of the Geelong Numismatic Society, passed through Cobar while on holiday in April and picked up our Cobar Quids.
“We accidentally came across the fact that you have this amazing thing called the Cobar Quid,” Jarrah said.
He said the family stayed overnight and he tracked the Quids down at one of the service stations.
“I have presented the quids at my numismatic [coin collectors] society meeting in Geelong and the men and the ladies there nearly fell off their chairs.
“They never knew about this Quid and many of them have been collecting for over 50 years,” Jarrah said.
After explaining to the members how the Cobar Quid worked, Jarrah has been asked to also contribute a report on Cobar Quids for an upcoming edition of the Victorian Numismatic Journal.
“I’m only eight, but I will give it a go!” he said.
Jarrah’s teacher has also asked him to make a presentation to his class on the concept of Cobar Quids.
Cobar Business Association president Sharon Harland said it was great to hear Jarrah’s story.
“Jarrah describes our Cobar Quids as an “awesome idea” and his mum Natalie tells me he’s been doing a great job of telling lots of others about the Cobar Quids shop locally promotion,” Mrs Harland.
“Natalie even suggested we could sell the Quids as souvenirs which is something we could look into.”
Jarrah has asked if the business association might swap his old looking Cobar Quids for some newer ones.
“As I am a coin collector, I would ideally like to have brand new ones and as they will also need to be photographed for the Numismatic Journal they need to be at their best,” Jarrah said.
Mrs Harland said they currently don’t have any “newish” Cobar Quids in stock but they will keep a lookout and swap them with Jarrah’s old coins when they can.
“We think Cobar Quids are a great idea for helping the local economy and it seems so does Jarrah,” Mrs Harland said.