is one of the pre-internet inspired micronations. Located in Western
Australia, it was founded on 21.4.1970 by wheat farmer, Leonard George Casley
and others who seceded from the Commonwealth of Australia because of
crushing changes to the government wheat quotas.
After becoming frustrated with the Western Australia government's inaction
Casley found an obscure clause permitted under British common law to legally secede. The Australian government largely ignored Leonard, who proclaimed himself
Prince. Since its founding Leonard claims to have granted citizenship to some
13,000 people from all over the world. Hutt River Province has been an active tourist destination
as a result of Leonard's notoriety.
In 1973 Hutt issued its first postage stamps and in 1974 Prince Leonard
issued a colorful set of five banknotes with his image and signature,
shown above. Each banknote back has a different design theme, important in
Hutt, ranging from boomerangs to farm tractors. Further capitalizing on
many press articles about Hutt they began a collector coin program in 1976
and have issued over 200 different coins types to date, in aluminum,
copper, brass, cupro-nickel and gold.
More recently, Hutt began offering coins, stamps, banknotes and other
memorabilia to the public, as well as citizenship/passports, via their new
website (listed below).
PLEASE NOTE: This is not an OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE HUTT RIVER
PROVINCE/PRINCIPALITY. Our site is intended to provide information
for banknote/currency collectors, scholars or other interested individuals
and organizations. We neither BUY or SELL banknotes/currency. For those
interested in buying or selling banknotes, please contact collectors or
dealers listed in our
LINKS section or in our
section. If you are not able to locate what you are looking for, you may
contact us by email and perhaps we can help you locate it.