Introduction to Casino Chips of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand

(October 2005)

Starting in early September 2005, I had the idea that if a few fellow chippers would contribute some data we could assemble a list of Australian and New Zealand chips with identifying descriptions, ala The Chip Rack.

That idea received a very unenthusiastic reception, so I decided to pursue creating the list on my own. Shortly after posting a preliminary list of chips to the chipboard, Archie Black commented that it really needed to be a graphic catalog with scans of the chips. A day or two later John Kallman contacted me and offered to host the list on his website, AND to maintain the pages.

A couple of people volunteered scans, and I pushed a little to get some others to donate. There are still others who have promised more scans when they have the time. So the list will grow. It will fill out, and I hope that by the end of the year it will be complete and correct.

At this point, October 2005, this list is still very much a work in progress, Version 0.95 if you will. All numbers listed should be considered only temporary designations, subject to change as more chips are found and a more accurate chronology of chip issues can be established.

I absolutely guarantee that there are errors and omissions in this list. If you see something wrong, or something missing, PLEASE notify us so that it can be corrected.

If you have a chip that matches one of the “SCAN NEEDED” listings, or if you have an Australian or New Zealand chip that is not included in this listing, or if you have scan of a chip in better condition than those shown, PLEASE share with us. Send a scan to knestle@comcast.net. I will assign numbers and forward scans to John who will post them as time permits.

The numbering of the chips: Some will ask how I, sitting in Bolingbrook, IL, could take it on myself to assign numbers to the chips of the country of Australia, as if I thought I had some kind of Devine authority. My only response is: No one else stepped up. If you have a better idea, tell me. It is never too late for improvement.

The numbering system is simple, and loosely based on Archie Black’s system:

  • The first series of chips issued by each casino is numbered 1, 2.50, 5, etc. Example: AU BUR 1.
  • The second series issued is numbered 1a, 2a 5a, etc. Example: AU CRO 1a, etc.
  • The third series issued is numbered .50b, 1b, 2.50b, etc.
  • Single chips that are not part of a series, Limited Editions, Commemorative, and other similar items, are numbered with an S suffix, 5sa, 5sb, etc. Example: NZ CHR 5s

    (March 2006)

    The A&NZ list has grown beyond anything I had anticipated; now containing almost 400 scans/descriptions.

    My goal of having the A&NZ list finalized by the end of 2005 has not been realized. At this point I am considering this an open ended project with no specific completion date. There are several reasons for this.

    1. Some contributors have chosen to 'pace' their donations, sending new scans on a more or less monthly schedule.
    2. New contributors continue to come forward with unexpected offerings.
    3. Previously unknown chips pop up on ebay on an almost weekly basis.
    4. I find new variations of known chips in almost every purchase.

    A few new suffix letters have been added to the numbering system, J for Jeton, R for Roulette, and P for Poker.

    We have added a checklist that you may copy and use to track your A&NZ collection.

    We are still looking for contributors (both scans and information), advise (We are not perfect, we are just doing things as best we can. ANY input, update, or correction is welcome), and ideas (if you can make any suggestion for improvement, please do so).


    (July 2006)
    Varieties/Variations

    What constitutes a variety? A thicker or thinner font is a variation, but is it a “variety”? Does a different color hot stamp or denomination qualify as a variety, a different date, a different spelling? Or does it require a new color chip, or different mold, to qualify as a “recognized variety”?

    These are questions that I am not qualified to answer. I can only post scans of all the chips that I can find, describing the differences that I see, and leave it to each collector to decide what is a collectible variety.

    Half the battle when deciding what to collect, or knowing where you are in your collecting effort, is knowing what is available. My goal is to provide that information and make this list a useful asset to anyone considering collecting, or already collecting A&NZ casino chips.

    There are many A&NZ chip types with two or three variations. I am not recommending or encouraging anyone to collect ALL varieties (if you even consider them varieties). I am only presenting the information that I have, so that A&NZ collectors will have all the available knowledge when deciding what they want to collect.

    If you are a more casual collector, who only wants a representative chip 'of type', then any one of the two or three available variations will do for you. If you are a 'serious' collector, or a completeness fanatic, then all the esoteric variations documented in the A&NZ list will be of great help to you.

    There are several Australian chips that are available with either bold of fine print. These are minor differences, easily overlooked if you are not aware they exist. There are chips with hot stamps in different colors. This difference is very obvious if you have the two chips side by side. But if you have only one chip, you might not be aware the other exists. These are all illustrated and numbered in the list.

    The gold and silver metallic chips issued by some Australian casinos have year dates on them. Are these collectible 'varieties'? Do you want to collect all years, or are you satisfied with one chip 'of type'? I have given these only one number per type, but with a date suffix. AU WRE 1s 1997, AU LAU 2s 1988.

    UV varieties: I do not own a black light. I have never seen a chip illuminated with UV. I do not collect UV varieties. But, since the information was presented to me, I have included it in the list for the benefit of those who might find it useful. If I should receive any more information regarding UV varieties, I will add that to the list, also.


    Contributors: Special thanks to the following individuals for information provided. Without there kind assistance and help, this project would not be what it is:

  • Rich Averill
  • Andrew Fieldhouse
  • Fran Alejandre
  • Ross Poppel
  • David Moore
  • Tony Inzerillo
  • Robert Moats
  • Don Longwell
  • Gary Acquistapace
  • Robert Reno
  • Bob Champion
  • Doug McKenzie
  • Walter Dirzulaitis
  • Randall Smith
  • Jerry Brill
  • Lisa Kwaske
  • Jim Batten
  • Allan Myers
  • Terry Scanlin
  • John Sroczek
  • Gary Unwin
  • Tim Harry
  • Paul Duthie
    So this is our offering to the hobby of chipping. Use, peruse, enjoy, and contribute if you can.